Fried Shanghai Noodles
An asian stir fry recipe is one of the quickest meals I can serve my family. Do a little chopping, heat up a pan, toss all those ingredients in, and add a sauce. VOILA! Dinner. Add some cooked noodles or rice and you have a complete meal. This fried shanghai noodles recipe is that simple and best of all, you can customizze it to what you have in hand. Don't have fresh Chinese noodles? Use dried noodles, Japanese buckwheat noodles, or spaghetti noodles. For the greens you can use bok choy, baby bok choy, Chinese cabbage, spinach, or other types of greens. Add the sauce and these Shanghai fried noodles are good no matter how to mix them.
Experience a Place Thru Food
One of our favorite ways to experience a new place is through the food. A few years ago I received a monthly subscription box that sent a variety of foods from a specific region or country. That service was called Spiced Pantry. They are no longer around but it was nice to have such a service. This is what was in that box:
The Shanghai box included:
- Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
- Chinese Black Rice
- Chinese Five Spice
- Chinese Chilies
- Information Card on Chinese cuisine and cooking traditions
- Red Cooked Eggplant Recipe Card
- Egg Fried Rice Recipe Card
- Shanghai Pork Belly Recipe Card
- Shanghai Fried Noodles Recipe Card
Find A Local Market and Ask Questions
When it comes to new cuisines or ingredients, it's really good to ask questions. Many main stream grocery stores are well versed in ethnic foods and an employee may be able to answer your questions. If not there is always Google, Siri, Cortana, or Alexa to ask about new ingredients. But the best way to learn is to visit a local market that specializes in a particiular cuisine. Here in Oklahoma City, I go to the Super Cao Nguyen Asian market. For Mediterreanen and Middle Eastern, I go to the Mediterreanen Imports and Deli. For Mexican and Tex-Mex ingredients and some of the BEST pan dulces I head to the south side of town called La Michoacana. While there, I ask questions and many times fellow shoppers will recommend certain things and uses. That's how I learned how to make Japanese mochi, rice cake.
On a busy weeknight, give this recipe for Shanghai Fried Noodles a try. It's a easy way to get dinner on the table.
A simple and delicious Shanghai style noodle dish.
- 2/3 pound Chinese dried wheat noodles or Japanese udon noodles
- 2 Tablespoons cooking oil (I like using avocado oil)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced or 1 teaspoon dried minced ginger
- 2 green onions, white + green parts separated and sliced thinly
- 4 ounces ground pork or beef
- 3 cups shredded cabbage or sliced baby bok choy
- 10 dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated by placing in 1 cup of boiling water for 30 minutes
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 1 /2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water and reserve.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in wok or other large pan with high sides over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, and white parts of the green onion. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Add pork/beef and salt (if using). Stir fry for 2-3 minutes until cooked through.
- Add cabbage and mushroom slices. Stir fry for about 2 minutes until greens wilt.
- Add cooked noodles and sauce ingredients to the pan. Stir fry for one more minute. Top noodles with sliced green onions and serve.
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