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Recipes to Try at Home: Cantonese Noodles
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Have you ever wanted to venture outside the typical meal? Do you want to impress someone with a new dish or just want to try to make one of your favorite dishes at home? Well, you’re in luck! Today I’m posting how to make one of our favorite dishes Cantonese Noodles!

The recipe comes from The Little Spice Jar website. Check it out below:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces Hong Kong style egg noodles

  • 8 scallions

  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce

  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons high heat oil (such as canola, vegetable)

  • 1 ½ cups mixed veggies (such as coleslaw style cabbage, shredded carrots, and bean sprouts)

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Bring a large stockpot of water to boil. While the water is boiling, separate the greens from the whites of the scallion. Cut into one-inch pieces then quarter the 1-inch piece vertically so you end up with thinly julienned scallions, set aside. In a bowl, combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, stir to combine, set aside.

  2. When the water comes to a boil, add the noodles and allow them to boil for 2-4 minutes (according to package directions). Drain and rinse under cold running water.

  3. Heat a large wok or a 16-18 inch skillet over high heat. Let the skillet heat for several minutes until it becomes SCREAMING HOT. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of canola oil. When the pan becomes very hot and the oil starts to shimmer, add the noodles in a thin even layer. Grab the handle and carefully swirl the pan so the oil evenly coats all the noodles. Allow the noodles to cook for 4-6 minute or until they become crispy.

  4. Flip the noodles over using a large spatula. Do this carefully, don’t worry if you cannot get all of them to turn at once. Do it in portions if necessary. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of canola oil around the perimeters of the pan and again, lift the skillet with handle and swirl the pan to allow the oil to distribute. Let the noodles fry for an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove the noodles to a plate.

  5. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, along with the white part of the scallion and let sizzle for just 10 seconds. Add the shredded carrots if using, and let cook for an additional 10 seconds. Add the noodles back into the skillet and toss. Separate the noodles so there aren’t any large clumps. Toss in the shredded cabbage mix, if using and drizzle with the soy sauce mixture and toss continuously for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce distributes evenly over the noodles.

  6. Add the bean sprouts if using and the greens of scallions. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

NOTES:

  1. For vegetarians, you can swap the oyster sauce for dark soy sauce or an oyster flavored sauce (see ingredients some of them actually don’t contain oyster extract at all!)

  2. If you do not have a skillet/wok large enough to fit all the noodles, you can do this in 2 batches (use a ½ tablespoon of sesame oil and ½ tablespoon of canola oil per batch/per side.)

The prep and cook time all take about 15 mins totaling in half an hour. Now if that doesn’t sound easy and . like a complete meal I don’t know what does!

Try it out today and post your images to show how you did!

PandaExcursion: What do you know about Hong Kong?

Hong Kong  

This mystical metropolis that holds millions of people.  The sheer magnitude of action and movement is almost intimidating as the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong plays out 24 hours of the day.   Hong Kong is the world's 4th most densely populated cities with about 7.2 million citizens. The official language of Hong Kong is Cantonese. The people that in Hong Kong have the longest life expectancy with the median being 83 years. In 1997 Hong Kong became a special administrative region of the People's of Republic of China which means that it maintains a separate political and economic system from China!

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Hong Kong is located on the Victoria Harbor and is the world's fifth busiest port.  Hong Kong has the most sky scrapers, 1,223 skyscrapers to be exact! and because of the lack of space there are few older buildings remaining, because of this Hong Kong is a center for modern architecture.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, recently held the ceremony for the 'Jockey Club Innovation Tower' by Zaha Hadid architects.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, recently held the ceremony for the 'Jockey Club Innovation Tower' by Zaha Hadid architects.

Walt Disney Concert Hall: by Frank Gehry 

Walt Disney Concert Hall: by Frank Gehry 

The Cuisine of Hong Kong is a medley of Cantonese cuisine, British cuisine, and other Western cuisines, Japan, and Southeast Asia.  Cantonese Cuisine is the style of cooking that most people think of when they they think of Chinese food.  Cantonese cuisine use steaming, stir frying, shallow frying, double steaming, braising and deep frying.  The dishes should be well balanced both in spice as well as with oil so they are not overly greasy and that the spice does not take over the main ingredients. In the Cantonese cuisine they use lots of fresh ingredients and an array of proteins ranging from pork and beef to seafood and chicken. Most of these dishes are served with a bed of Rice.

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fun fact* The people of Hong Kong generally eat 5 times a day but the serving sizes are considerable smaller than those in United States.