Breakfast noodles


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Who on earth has noodles for breakfast? you might well ask. Well..a lot of people do..more than a billion to be exact. No kidding. Noodles are a Chinese breakfast staple and they have one too many variations. Chow mein, lo mein etc just to name a few.

During early morning hours you can see little shops dotted all around along the roads in every Chinese city, selling one or the other kind of noodle dish. Among the most popular are rice noodles immersed in pork bone soup, which you can garnish with any permutation combination of toppings that are usually lined on a table in small bowls.

These breakfast noodles are a somewhat take on Chinese lo mein, and I cook them much too often on mornings that I know I’m in no rush. These are delicious, nutritious, hearty and light at the same time. Easy to conjure with whatever vegetables you’ve languishing in the fridge, add in any meat, fish or go completely vegetarian.

Once you’ve cooked these, you’ll be hooked and you can have them cold as well as warm.

 

DSC_0528 copyThe ingredints do look like a lot to take in but they can be as many or as few as you want. For the flavour base-chopped garlic, ginger and white part of spring onions. For the sauce-soy sauce+oyster sauce+black pepper+sugar. Vegetables -lettuce, mushrooms, carrots. Cooked noodles of your choice, prawns (optional), egg. For garnishing-coriander leaves and green part of spring onions.

Yes, this does look like a lot but it really isn’t. The chopping doesn’t take as long as writing the list of these ingredients does. You can use any veggies of your choice. These are just what happened to be in my fridge.

 

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DSC_0532First, lets just scramble that egg in a bit of oil and set aside.

 

DSC_0533Once that’s done..heat some more oil in a pan on medium high heat.

 

DSC_0535and add in the chopped garlic, ginger and white part of the spring onion

 

DSC_0536stir it around a bit till its fabulously fragrant, but not brown.

 

DSC_0537in with the prawns and stir them around for a minute

 

DSC_0539add in the carrots and mushrooms and saute for another minute

 

DSC_0541and finally in with the lettuce.  They’ll wilt in seconds

 

DSC_0542add in a bit of salt (not pictured) and stir it around till the lettuce wilts and the vegetables are nicely coated with fragrant oil.

 

DSC_0543add in the sauce mixture

 

DSC_0544and stir around a few seconds until all’s coated with these lovely salty sweet juices

 

DSC_0545finally, tip in the noodles. I’m using potato noodles and stir them around

 

DSC_0546That’s it, nearly done. Top with chopped greens of the green onion and coriander.

 

DSC_0548oh and don’t forget to add in the scrambled eggs.

 

DSC_0562Voila. Breakfast noodles!

 

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Ingredients

Boiled noodles- 1-2 nests

Prawns (optional)- 100g

Egg- 1

salt- 1/2 tsp

for the sauce

Soy sauce- 1tbsp

Oyster sauce- 1 tbsp

Black pepper- 1/2 tsp

sugar-1 tsp

(in case you’re vegetarian, omit oyster sauce and increase soy sauce amount to 1.5 tbsp)

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Mushrooms- 4-5 sliced

lettuce- 5-6 leaves chopped

carrot- 1

garlic-2 cloves chopped fine

Ginger- 2 cm stem chopped fine

Spring onion-1 chopped fine

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Recipe:  Heat some oil in a pan and scramble the egg and keep it aside.

Heat some more oil and once it’s hot add in the chopped garlic, ginger and white part of the spring onion and saute in the oil for a few seconds until fragrant. Add in the prawns and cook for a minute or so. Add in the chopped vegetables, salt and cook until almost done.(just a few minutes).

Tip in the sauce and stir briefly. Add the cooked noodles and stir around till they’re well coated with the sauce. Add in the scrambled egg and garnish with coriander and chopped green part of the spring onion.

DSC_0554Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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