Seasonal Foods

Monday, January 7, 2013

Love For Noodles...

When trying to decide what to have for dinner the other night the choice was between Singapore Noodle and Chicken with Green Beans and Red Potatoes.  I did not have a preference and the choice was made by my fiancee, Ryan, and he ended up choosing Singapore Noodles.  Now I have never made this dish but I have eaten it so many times at Chinese sit-down restaurants and take-out restaurants.  I am not the biggest curry fan and I forgot about this until Ryan mentioned it while we were eating.  For me I grew up eating curry and I was not a fan because we had it for dinner once a week.  Since I am no longer living at home with my parents I have gained more of an appreciation for some spices and Chinese dishes that I disliked growing up and now love.


I found this Singapore Noodle dish randomly one day on Pinterest, which is a great site to find new recipes to try!  When I went to the site to look at the recipe it seemed very simple and easy for us to make.  I almost decided to double the recipe only because I wasn't sure how much food it would be and I am soo happy I didn't double the recipe.  Not only was it enough food but also I don't think my small wok would have been able to handle more.  I am sure that this dish can be made in another pan if you do not have a wok but in my life I find having a wok essential and a gas stove as well.  Since I do not currently have a gas stove I invested in a Iwatani 15,000BTU Portable Butane Stove with Case.  

Here is the recipe for Singapore Noodles

Ingredient:

  • 5.5 ounces dried rice vermicelli (a.k.a. mai fun)
  • 4 ounces small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 ounces pork, cut into strips
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Chinese rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 ounce can of strip bamboo (julienned)
  • 4 ounces bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions, sliced thin
  • oil for stir-frying



Directions:
Soak the dried rice noodles in very hot tap water (about 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for 3 minutes. Be careful not to over-soak them or they will start sticking together and get mushy when you cook them. Start pulling the noodles apart as soon as they start softening. Rinse in cold water several times to prevent the noodles from absorbing too much water and to wash off excess starch.

Add the shrimp and pork to a bowl and season with the soy sauce, rice wine and corn starch. The cornstarch will keep the meat moist and the shrimp firm.

Measure out the curry powder into a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the fish sauce, oyster sauce and chicken stock. Because everything cooks very quickly it’s important to have all your prep done ahead of time.


Heat a wok over high heat until very hot then add a tablespoon of oil, swirl to coat, then add the egg, swirling then scrambling. Put the egg on a plate and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, then add the garlic and ginger, and then fry until fragrant. Add the shrimp and pork, holding aside the marinade and fry until the pork just loses its pink color (it doesn’t have to be all the way cooked.

Add the onion, red and green bell peppers, bamboo, and bean sprouts. Fry while stirring vigorously. Until the vegetables are a bright color. Add the curry powder and stir-fry until fragrant, then pour in the chicken stock and fish sauce mixture. Stir, to combine, then add the noodles and return the egg to the pan. Use chopsticks or tongs to evenly coat the noodles with sauce. If the noodles start sticking, add some water.

Top with scallions, then serve your Singapore Noodles immediately.

This is what my Singapore Noodles turned out...


3 comments:

  1. Annie, I was telling my sister, Noreen, about the short ribs recipe when I was up in Tampa today. She wants us to try it together next time she is down visiting. It sounds so delicious! And let's pick a day for Pho Cali if possible. :) M

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    1. Yay that sounds great! Yes, we will definitely have to talk about that soon! Maybe after all of the madness.

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