Sunday, May 1, 2011

China in your kitchen (Part 1)

So like I said I went to Chinatown yesterday and bought things to cook Chinese at home. Last night I made one of my "specialties": the spicy chicken noodle soup. It was GOOD!

It's very easy to make, cheap and much much better than instant noodles. And it doesn't take more than 15 minutes to cook - great for mothers or busy people!

How to make spicy chicken noodle soup

For four persons, you will need:

250 g of chicken breast
a small bunch of scallions
fresh coriander
fresh soybean sprouts
egg noodles
hot pepper (one is enough!)
fresh ginger
4 seasons powder
dark soy sauce
light soy sauce
sesame oil
Chinese black vinegar
vegetable stock

1.Cut the chicken breast into medium size and cook them in water with the vegetable stock for about 5 minutes (the chicken has to be cooked but still tender). 
When cooked, put the chicken breast on a plate and let them cool off. Reserve the bouillon for later. 

2. Cook the noodles in water for about 4 minutes. Drain and pour cold water on them in order to stop them from cooking. Then spread a few drops of sesame oil and mix so that the noodles won't stick.

3. While the chicken and the noodles are cooking, slice the scallions and the hot pepper into very small pieces, and grade the ginger. When the chicken is cooled, cut roughly into small long pieces.

4. Fry the fresh soybean sprouts in a wok (best) or a frying pan in vegetable oil for about 5 minutes along with the hot pepper, the ginger and a teaspoon of 4 seasons powder.  Add a tablespoon of dark soy sauce, a tablespoon of light soy sauce, a tablespoon of black vinegar and a tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the chicken at the end so that it gets the flavor without cooking.

5. Pour the stock into the wok and stir it with the soybean sprouts, the chicken and the pepper and let it cook for a few minutes. Your soup is ready.

6. Put some noodles in a bowl for each person, pour the soup and finally spread some scallions and coriander on top.

If you don't like spicy food, you can easily make this soup without putting hot pepper. Or you can also add the hot pepper in the individual bowls to your convinience right before serving.


1 comment:

French Cannes Cannes said...

I'm definitely going to Tang Freres soon...this looks sooo yummy :-)