Posts tagged chinese food

Pan-Fried Noodles

I’ve never pan-fried egg noodles before and was always in awe whenever I have it at a “real” Chinese dive. Man, I miss them hole-in-the-walls, I tell ya!

Anyway, the crunch is just amazing to the palate! But I didn’t know exactly how they do it. Until the other day, I saw it on a video and I’m like… hmmm, I can do that!

Pan-Fried Noodles

Obviously, you can top it with whatever you want. The simplest way is to stir-fry a dish separately like I did here.

Dried Chinese Egg Noodles
Stir-Fry Sauce
Leftover meat, diced or ground
Bok Choy (or whatever veggies you prefer), diced
Canola Oil


Boil the noodles to al dente, 5 minutes, then drain the water. Rinse the noodles in cold water and drain again. Toss with sesame oil to coat.

Meanwhile, oil a medium-heated skillet. Spread cooked noodles out to the edges of the pan and press to flatten like a patty. Let it cook, without stirring, until browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Flip over to brown the other side.

Now, cook your stir-fry the way you want it. Place pan-fried noodles on a plate and top with stir-fry mixture. Garnish with more scallions and serve immediately (you want to eat it before the noodles get soggy).

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Black Beans n Garlic Noodles

I miss the Chinatown in L.A. There’s a dive over there that serves this amazing dish called Black Bean and Beef Chow Fun. Ever since I left the city, I’ve been on a quest to find an alternative but unfortunately, I have not found a single place that makes anything like it, anywhere. So one day, I just decided to take a shot at it myself. What I came up with here is a product of years of trial and error. I can’t say that I’ve perfected the recipe already but darn it, until my next visit to the city of angels, I say this is close enough.

Ingredients: Chow Fun Noodles, Beef Strips, Diced Bell Peppers, Diced Onions, Black Bean and Garlic Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Cornstarch, Chopped Scallions, Sesame Oil

Directions: Cook noodles in boiling water. Stir fry beef, bell peppers and onions. Set aside. Make a slurry of cornstarch and water. Mix black bean and garlic sauce (3 parts), oyster sauce (1 part) and slurry in a pan over medium heat until it’s boiling. Add stir fry mixture, cooked noodles, scallions and a drizzle of sesame oil and mix thoroughly. Grab your chopsticks!

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