Soy Sauce Pan Fried Noodles

Fried noodles are a perfect way lớn create a hearty, quick, and healthy one-dish meal. This recipe introduces an optimized workflow and numerous tips for creating a great noodle dish with minimal effort. Gluten-Free

I have come across quite a lot of complaints on foodie forums, that creating a great Asian fried noodle dish requires too much effort. This is only half true.

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I agree, Asian stir fried dishes generally involve longer ingredient lists, more chopping, và more attention than, say, a casserole dish. But what you can vày is lớn optimize your workflow lớn create a delicious dish with minimal effort & ingredients to bring out the best flavor.

How khổng lồ make great fried noodles in less time

Use rice noodles instead of wheat noodles

Although there are many types of noodle in Chinese cuisine, và although different recipes điện thoại tư vấn for very specific noodles, I found that rice noodles are the perfect option for a quick weekday meal, because you can skip the process of boiling water & you’re unlikely khổng lồ ruin the dish by picking the wrong type of noodle.

Prep the rice noodles properly

To prepare rice noodles properly, make sure you cut them into shorter sticks before soaking. If you’re using a wok and steel spatula, you can chop the noodles during the stir fry, but if you’re using a nonstick skillet with tongs (like I bởi in this recipe), you’ll need to vì this step before cooking, so the noodles won’t get too tangled.

Soak noodles in hot water for 5 to lớn 7 minutes, until al dente. Drain và rinse them with cold water, to stop the cooking process. You can địa chỉ cửa hàng a few drops of oil và toss the noodles, so they won’t stick together.

Use plenty of green onion

Chinese cooking often requires ginger, garlic, và green onion. This means a lot of cutting & extra prep time. Lớn shorten the ingredient list, you can skip the garlic và use plenty of green onion (using 6 to lớn 8 green onions in a stir fried dish for two is the proper amount). You can skip ginger too, but I recommend you lớn use it whenever you can.

Quick tips:

A great sauce does not require too many ingredients

You can create a great fried noodle sauce by using the right amount of soy sauce, sugar, & salt. I used the combination of light & dark soy sauce to địa chỉ cửa hàng a nice brown màu sắc to the noodles, but you can simplify this by only using one type of soy sauce.

If you want to make your noodles even more flavorful, you can skip the salt and use 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce or use hoisin sauce, instead.

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The other way to địa chỉ flavor lớn the sauce is to lớn make homemade chicken stock using leftover bones (you might need to lớn dilute it with water since homemade stock can be very thick). It makes the dish much richer than it would be if using store-bought stock.

Use animal fat lớn immediately make your noodles super rich

Like I mentioned in the soy sauce fried rice recipe, using a bit of animal fat (chicken fat, duck fat, or bacon fat) will create a super rich flavor. It is not necessary in this recipe, but if you happen khổng lồ have some animal fat in the fridge, don’t forget to use it!

Use ground meat and mustard greens khổng lồ shorten the cooking time

Many fried noodle recipes require you khổng lồ cook the meat & vegetables separately so that each ingredient will be properly cooked (such as this beef chow fun recipe). I tried khổng lồ shorten the process in this recipe by using ground meat và mustard greens, which don’t need to lớn be taken out of the skillet.

Ground meat is less prone to becoming overcooked than sliced meat. However, I bởi vì find it very helpful to bởi vì a brief marinade to make the meat tender & more flavorful. If you’re using ground turkey, pork, or beef, you can skip the potato starch, because these eats contain more fat và will stay tender during cooking.

bởi not địa chỉ cửa hàng too much of the ingredients

Proportioning a well-balanced fried noodles dish is like choosing pizza toppings – less is more. If you crowd your pan with too much stuff, the noodles will easily become mushy and/or flavorless, because crowding the pan takes so much heat out of the metal that the ingredients don’t get seared properly.

Use an efficient workflow

The order should be: soak the noodles => marinate the meat => phối the sauce => prep and chop the herbs & veggies while soaking the noodles => stir fry

It might take a bit more time if you’re cooking this dish for the first time, but once you get used khổng lồ the process, prep should take you ten minutes và cooking five minutes.

Bonus tips for tweaking the fried noodles

How to make this dish gluten-free

Use gluten không lấy phí tamari soy sauce lớn replace the soy sauce và skip the potato starch in the marinade. Like I mentioned above, you can create tenderer meat by using ground turkey, pork, or beef. I found ground chicken to lớn be too lean. Skipping the cornstarch will result in tougher chicken.

How lớn make this dish vegetarian

To make the dish vegetarian, skip the ground meat & use mushrooms or chopped tofu instead. Replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock.

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