Wei Chen grew up in Hubei Province, the middle of China, and lived in Shanghai for five years before moving to New Zealand to pursue a PhD in nutritional sciences, focusing on natural nutrition. Wei Chen loves sharing experiences and exploring new things.
Fried noodles are common throughout East and Southeast Asia. Many varieties, cooking styles, and ingredients exist. Today, I’d like to share my recipe for Chinese fried noodles.
This was the first time I made Chinese fried noodles by myself in New Zealand, after moving here last year. It was a special experience for me, because the last time I made it was many years ago in China when my mother taught me how to cook it. When I decided to cook my Chinese fried noodles after eating Kiwi food for two months in local homestay, I felt so excited that I took many pictures about cooking this food to keep as a meaningful memory. When I showed the results to my parents and older sister, they felt very happy – especially my mom. She always asks me to take care of myself and enjoy every meal on time.
From their response, I felt a sense of achievement and happiness; that I can cook by myself and I can take care of myself. In China, I didn’t cook any food in school or University, because school canteens can provide all kinds of delicious and economical food for every meal.
I would like to share this easy-cooking Chinese fried noodle recipe with you all, and hope you will like Chinese food and keep regular and healthy food habits. I wish you enjoyment for every meal. Enjoy food, enjoy life!
- 70g noodles
- 1 medium-sized onion
- 2 medium-sized pork sausage
- 2 eggs
- 70g frozen mixed vegetables (diced carrots, green beans, black-eyed beans)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon laksa powder
- 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon of your preferred spice mix
The whole process takes about 40 minutes.
Pre-processing and preparation of food materials
Onion: Peel the onion and cut it into pieces, then wash it with water and set it aside.
Vegetables: Defrost the frozen mixed vegetables (using a microwave oven for 2 minutes to save time). If the vegetables are at room temperature, this step can be ignored.
Sausage: Cut the pork sausage into the piece size you want and set it aside.
Noodles: Put the noodles into a pot with hot water and boil for 1 minute. Remove them from the boiled water and put the softened noodles into cool water for 2 minutes. Next, remove the water and put 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil into the noodles. Mix evenly and set aside.
Eggs: Pour 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil into a heated skillet, lower the heat and add the eggs, shaking the pan to spread the eggs evenly. After 2 minutes, break up the omelette with a spatula, move it all onto a plate and set aside.
Assembling the meal
Pour 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil into a heated skillet (big pan), add the prepared onions and stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Next, add the mixed vegetables and the prepared pork sausage, and stir fry them. After about 3 minutes, lower the heat and add the prepared noodles, turning the noodles constantly around the pan and adding 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil if needed. Next, add the prepared eggs and toss them around with the noodles, vegetables and sausages for about 2 minutes until completely heated through. Then add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 a teaspoon of pepper, 3/4 of a teaspoon of laksa powder, 1 teaspoon of hoisin sauce, and 1 teaspoon of your preferred spice mix. Stir fry completely until the seasoning is distributed throughout the food evenly. Turn off the heat and serve.
© Wei Chen, 2018