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Monday, September 19, 2011

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Fried Noodles - 豉油王炒面

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One of the dishes which I simply cannot resist when I am in Hong Kong, is a good plate of the plain, simple Soya Sauce Fried Noodles. Totally simplistic in its make up and yet so flavourful and satisfying. This is somewhat similar to our morning breakfast favourite, the economy Fried Beehoon/ Fried Noodles. These are commonly fried in big herd-feeding batches with just soya sauce and a little bean sprouts and are usually sold in a good fulfilling portion for a humble 80 cents to a dollar - hence the word Economy. We have since then turned affluent and started to add a myriad of side dishes (the likes of fried egg, Luncheon meat, chicken wings, curry vegetables etc...)  to make this into quite a yummilicious  feast. However, as delicious as the Economy Fried Noodles could be, one will never find it on the menu of a Chinese restaurant. The Hong Kong Soya Sauce Fried noodle, however, often comfortably shares a place in the menu with fancy dim sums and gourmet abalones...

The critical component to a great Soya Sauce Fried Noodles is a good soya sauce. A premium grade soya sauce lends nuances of delicate flavour and fragrance to the dish which instantly elevates this otherwise simple, no frills dish to its classic, evergreen status.
After the soya sauce, the choice of noodle would understandably be another important component for this dish. Dried egg noodles are usually quickly blanched in hot water to soften the noodles before they are fried to a dry, glossy consistency. The other accompaniments cooked together with the noodles are as humble as they come - bean sprouts and a little Chinese Chives are the staple fare. Sprinkle on a handful of toasted sesame seeds and this proudly becomes restaurant worthy. Enjoy!

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Recipe :
Dried Egg Noodle               200g (blanched quickly in hot water to soften. Drain and set aside)
Premium light soya sauce     2 tbsp (生抽王)
Premium dark soya sauce    1 tbsp (老抽王)
Oyster sauce                       1/2 tbsp
Sugar                                  1/8 tsp
Pepper                                Generous dash

Bean sprouts                       1 loose cup
Chinese Chives                    1/2 loose cup ( I didn't have this with me so I omitted this)
Toasted Seseame seeds       Generous sprinkle.

Method :
1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a heated wok.
2. Add bean sprouts and fry for 1 minute over medium heat. Add softened noodles and fry for 1/2 minute over high heat.
3. Add all seasoning and continue to fry noodles over high heat for about 2-3 minutes.
4. Add in Chinese chives and fry for another 1/2 minute. Sprinkle on toasted sesame seeds and dish out. Serve with chilli sauce.

32 comments:

ICook4Fun said...

My mom used to buy this type of economy fried noodles for our breakfast. Simple yet delicious with a bit of chili sauce.

Xiaolu said...

Mmm this looks easy and so yummy! I am a big fan of soy sauce haha.

Anncoo said...

Yes, looks very simple but I want it for my morning breakfast :))

busygran said...

Easy peasy! That's what I love about this dish, especially noodles!

Nitha said...

This is new to me.. Looks simple.. BWT I tried your chocolate Sables and it came out great.. Please check my space too see the outcome. Haved tagged you there..

tigerfish said...

I do love "economy" noodles but I never order the similar in Chinese restaurants over here cos it only costs 80 cents in Singapore hawker centers! hahaha.....

Quay Po Cooks said...

When I see this economy noodles I miss my first late hubby. He used to make this for me all the time and they were so plain yet so delicious. I stayed away from eating this noodles for a long time because I know I will get a lump in my throat with each bite:(

edith said...

Simply yet yummy! This is my childhood breakfast.

Jeannie said...

Yep, I too ate my fair share of economy noodles during my younger days, and enjoyed it too! Yours certainly looks much better than those bought ones. Will try this when I run out of ingredients :D

Honey boy said...

I love this soy sauce noodles! My first tasting of this noodle was in hongbkong too. Since then I fell in love with it. I could eat this any time of the day so glad that Imperial treasure in Singapore is having this on their menu. never fail to order... Thais for sharing!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Is it because Hongkies like to eat fried noodles with their congee, which is why it's at the dimsum places? Here, maybe we just like to eat congee on its own.

I just bought one bottle of first draw light soy sauce(头抽), wondering how it taste like since I've only heard of how it taste like.

Yummy Bakes said...

I love to have this for breakfast too.

Jo said...

It's right smack into lunch time now and I'm waiting for my "tah-pau", plus its pouring outside. Your pic isn't helping one bit, Shirley.

kankana said...

I am big fan of soya sauce and this is something that I won't be able to resist at all!

thisgoodhearth@blogspot.com said...

This along with plain congee and "Jar Leung" was always our Sunday breakfast when we lived in Hong Kong. You just reminded me that I can cook this in my kitchen!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Simple easy noodle dishes, an everyday meal that any mommies at home can use. Like me! 

daphne said...

sometimes people forget how good this simple dish is!! My grandmother loves to buy this for us and a fried egg for breakfast. Oh, and when I was in secondary school, I used to order this for my late lunch- extra sambal, bean sprouts and an egg please! ;)

travellingfoodies said...

I always order this whenever I visit 海皇粥品 in Hong Kong. And I have a damn weird way of eating it, dunk it into 艇仔粥,much like what one would do with 油条. weird I know... but so yummy!!!

Zurin said...

beautiful noodles on a beautiful table...is it a table? Gorgeous...:))

hanushi said...

I have not see it paired with white sesame seeds before, this is certainly interesting. :)

Anonymous said...

saw your post and can't wait to try on it. Fried the noodles this morning and fried fish cakes and hot dog as side dish...my family loves it. Thanks for sharing :)
Emily

Quiet_Baker- said...

I have been surfing the web in searching of yummy asian recipes and I came across your blog. I must say...wow! Thanks for sharing your recipes and photos with everyone. I will surely visit your blog often to check out your food adventures.

Great job!!!

Li Shuan said...

I woke up one morning feeling very hungry and your fried noodle came into my mind. Straight away I went to the kitchen to prepare the noodle for breakfast and it was easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

Bri said...

nom.

Sneh | Cook Republic said...

Thank you for posting this Shirley! My boys love this and is the first thing to be ordered at the yumcha table. I have never quite managed to make it exactly like the yumcha place at home. Am going to give this a go!

WizzyTheStick said...

A testament to the fact that things don't have to be complicated to be delicious.

mycookinghut said...

I love this kind of simple fried noodles!

penny aka jeroxie said...

I make similar noodles like this too!

Yi @ Yi Reservation said...

love the soy sauce fried noodles...I especially like to eat this with a bowl of well done congee yummm. Thanks for sharing!

noobcook said...

This is something I tried in HK and really like. Your plate of egg noodles is simply gorgeous.

Jan said...

Great taste can be made in a simple way. Thanks for reminding me. I tend to over complicate.

meiyee said...

I tried cooking this for dinner (not breakfast :P) today and it was delish! Thanks! :)

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