Shanghai Stir-fried Noodles with Chicken
If Shanghai or Chinese egg noodles are unavailable, feel free to substitute an Italian pasta, such as fettucine or linguini
- 8 ounces chicken breast
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pepper, to taste
- Pinch of cornstarch
- 1/2 pound Shanghai-style noodles or Chinese egg noodles
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, or as needed
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 green onion
- 6 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce, mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- Extra soy sauce, salt or sugar for seasoning, as desired
Cut the chicken into bite-sized cubes (about 1-inch). Add the marinade ingredients. Marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.
While the chicken is marinating, prepare the remainder of the ingredients. In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the noodles and bring to a boil. Add the noodles, stirring to separate. Cook until the noodles are al dente - tender, but still firm. Drain thoroughly. Rinse with cold water, drain again, and toss with the sesame oil.
Wash and finely shred the cabbage. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut the green onion on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces.
In a heavy frying pan or a wok, heat 2 1/2 tablespoons oil over medium-high to high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Add the chicken cubes. Stir-fry until they turn white and are nearly cooked through. Remove from the wok.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the cabbage. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Season with a bit of soy sauce and/or sugar while stir-frying if desired. Remove from the wok.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in the wok. When the oil is hot, add the noodles. Stir-fry quickly, stirring to coat the noodles in the oil and make sure they don't stick to the pan. Add the hoisin sauce, again tossing to coat the noodles. Taste and add salt and/or soy sauce as desired. Add the cooked chicken and cabbage. Add the green onion and stir to heat through. Serve hot.
Yield: 2 Servings