A quick flavourful fix, by no means “really” chinese
Last weekend, the husband and I ate every single meal at home. Weekends are usually when we step out, try out new restaurants/drinking places, and enjoy the Goan outdoors, and get time alone after the hectic round-the-clock-work-week. But last weekend we didnt want to step out into the crowd. So quick meals at home was the only way to go. I had a packet of hakka noodles lying at home and we decided to put it to use.
Iv also discovered that this food blog thing is a good thing for us to do together because it combines 2 of the things each of us loves to indulge in: cooking/food experimentation and photography. So it makes for interesting together time :)
What I used:
1 packet hakka noodles
1 medium onion sliced thin
1 small bell pepper sliced thin
1 medium carrot julienned
A handful of french beans chopped long and thin
A generous amount of finely chopped garlic
Some freshly chopped ginger
Chilli garlic sauce
Dark soya sauce
How I made it:
Chop up an assortment of veggies you would like to use in the noodles.
In a wok/kadhai, heat some oil (I used olive :P). When its hot enough throw in the chopped ginger and garlic and saute till brownish. Then quickly add in the onions, before the ginger burns. Saute for a minute until the onions get lightly golden-brown. Then, add in the soya sauce and chilli garlic sauce, some ketchup and a few drops of vinegar,and continue to stir around.
After a couple minutes more of sauteing, add in all the vegatables and mix well. Cook on an open flame till the vegatbles are semi-cooked, but still crunchy.
Then, add salt and pepper to taste. Its good to taste it before you add in the salt and pepper, because the soya tends to make it a little salty to begin with. Then, add a pinch of ajinomoto.
Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling water, add a packet of egg noodles, and cook till soft. Drain and run through col water.
Add the noodles to the vegetables and mix. At this point, continue to cook it for a while, if you feel the need to blend the two components really well.