Noodles symbolizes long life. It is much loved by Orientals and is as much a staple food as rice. There is no chosen time to eat it, any time of day is fine. Yes, even breakfast.
The debate still remains as to the origins of noodles: which came first, the noodle or the pasta? I think the issue should be put to rest as we can all happily eat both without wondering for a second where they stemmed from.
Although it is an everday food, it is always served on special occasions such as birthdays and new year, to wish everyone partaking it a long life.
200 gms. lean pork, sliced thinly
1 tsp. light soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. corn flour
500 gms. fresh egg noodles
2 cloves of garlic
1/2-1 whole red finger chilli, sliced (optional)
4 fried fish balls or 2" length of fish cake, sliced thinly
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
2 tbsps. oyster sauce
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
200 gms. fresh choi sum, cut in 3" lengths
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Season the pork slices with the light soy, sesame oil and corn flour. Heat the wok and drizzle 2 tbsps. of cooking oil. Stir fry the seasoned pork slices briefly, just until it changes colour. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
Add 2 more tbsps. of oil to the same wok and stir fry the noodles for 2 minutes. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
Clean and heat the wok. Stir fry the garlic and chilli in 1 tbsp. of oil for 1 minute. Add the pork and fish cake slices and stir. Add the beaten eggs and stir until cooked. Add the noodles, oyster sauce, soy sauces, brown sugar and pepper. Mix well then add the choi sum and water. It is done when the choi sum is cooked. Taste to check the seasonings. Serve.
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