To celebrate, we’ll serve up a dish we’ve been making for as long as we can remember: spicy pan-fried noodles. It’s as easy as it gets. There are only a few simple ingredients needed, and you only need to know how to boil water and heat a pan to get started.
My mother made this simple dish for my sister and me when we were kids, and it was always a hit. Tossing the noodles with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili oil after they had been blanched and fried was her specialty (plus a little white pepper sometimes, if we were getting fancy).
You can use this flavor combination to improve the flavor of anything.
I still make this frequently for a simple meal or snack. Let’s round it out with some stir-fried greens!
Pan-Fried Noodles In The Style Hong Kong
Noodles and chili sauce (more on that in a sec) for this dish can be found at any Asian supermarket.
You can’t use just any noodles here; this recipe calls for egg noodles. Pan-fried noodles, Hong Kong style, to be precise. Don’t confuse these with the similarly-looking “wonton noodles.”
Even if you can’t find the exact brand shown here, you should look for a package labeled “fried noodles.” You can find these thin, yellow noodles in the fresh or frozen noodle aisles of your local grocery store.
- 1 lb. of fresh Hong Kong Style Pan-Fried Noodles
- Vegetable oil (for cooking)
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Lao Gan Ma spicy black bean sauce (or other chili oil/chili sauce of your choice)
- Put some water on to boil in a large pot. Put the noodles in the boiling water for a minute. Splendidly drain.
- Put a couple of tablespoons of oil in a pan that won’t stick and set it over medium heat. Roughly a quarter of the noodles should be used to cover the bottom of the skillet.
- The cooking is complete when both sides are a golden brown color. Place on a serving platter and season with the chili sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce equivalent to two teaspoons.
- The blanched noodles can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight container before being pan-fried as needed.