Hakka Noodles - your very own chowmein


Those were the days when people used to hang out with family and friends or simply packed a parcel of the famous and tempting chicken or vegetable chowmein from the roadside stall to go with them. Now uber cool name of it is called Hakka Noodles. People have started preparing it in many different ways. Even the choice of vegetables or meat that you add to the noodles have increased. Then, adding sliced green capsicum used to be expensive. Today, you not only get green but also red and yellow capsicum are available in plenty. I never knew what was baby corn in the 80s and 90s. Now it is available at a stone throw. Thanks to the globalization, what was a luxury then has to a certain extent become a necessity. Coming down to the recipe, I make my chowmein by adding plenty of vegetables and chicken and egg to it. I don’t add ajinomoto because somewhere I remember my mom saying its not good for health and I have caught to it till date. I add less oil as usual and cook in non stick pan. I always prefer the tomato flavoured thin noodles as tomato is the favourite vegetable of our family. You can use egg noodles or even the plain ones. But try to stick to the thin ones. The thick ones somehow taste very sticky. If you agree with me, try out my version in your kitchen and no need to thank me if it turns out good. But if you don’t like it, let me know what was it that didn’t suite your palate. The measurements given below will serve 5 to 6 people with moderate appetite.

What You Need:

1           Noodles Packet   2
2           Onions Cut into Julians    3
3           Shredded Cabbage           2 cups
4           Green Chilies slit            3
5           Garlic Chopped  2 tbsp
6           Ginger cut into julians     1 tsp
7           Carrots cut into julians    3
8           Beans cut into long pieces            About 15
9           Capsicum cut into julians 2
10         Maggie Hot and Sweet Tomato Sauce         3 tbsp
11         Chings All in one sauce    2 tbsp
12         Chili Sauce         1 tbsp
13         Salt       To Taste
14         Eggs Beaten        2
15         Chicken Breast Chopped  250 grams
16         Spring Onions    4-5 chopped
17         Baby Corn cut into julians            7 to 8
18         Oil        3 to 4 tbsp


Steps To Make:

Heat 2 litres of water in a heavy bottomed deep pan.
Add 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp salt.
As water starts boiling, add noodles to it and cook till it is done. Break a small portion of it and taste it. You should not feel any grain in your mouth.
Drain and wash under cold water, it will help you to remove any wax and keep the noodles strands separate. Keep it aside to use it later.
Heat 1 tbsp oil. Add chopped chicken cubes and cook till it is nice and brown.
Drain and keep aside.
In the same pan, add chopped spring onions and beaten eggs. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and scramble it. Once eggs are cooked properly, take it out of pan and keep aside.
Heat remaining oil in the same pan.
Add green chillies, ginger and garlic.
Follow it up with onions. As onions turns brown, add shredded cabbage and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Add carrots and beans and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat.
The last vegetable to go is capsicum and baby corn.
Add all the sauces , salt and mix well. Add little salt at this time. You can add later if you think is needed later.
Cook till all the vegetables are coated well and cooked well.
At this point, add the cooked noodles.
Switch off the flame.
Take two spatula, one in each hand and start tossing them together like you toss your salad.
Add cooked chicken, cooked eggs and spring onions.
Gently mix all of them together.
Check your salt. Adjust seasoning if required.
Now switch on the flame again. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes more.
That’s it. Serve hot and enjoy.
You can also add mushrooms, broccoli and sprouts to it to increase the nutrient factor.


2 comments:

  1. looks so simple yet a delicious dish; you've got a nice blog here; thanks for dropping into mine and for the comment :)

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