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.
The 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.
First, lets just scramble that egg in a bit of oil and set aside.
Once that’s done..heat some more oil in a pan on medium high heat.
and add in the chopped garlic, ginger and white part of the spring onion
stir it around a bit till its fabulously fragrant, but not brown.
in with the prawns and stir them around for a minute
add in the carrots and mushrooms and saute for another minute
and finally in with the lettuce. They’ll wilt in seconds
add in a bit of salt (not pictured) and stir it around till the lettuce wilts and the vegetables are nicely coated with fragrant oil.
add in the sauce mixture
and stir around a few seconds until all’s coated with these lovely salty sweet juices
finally, tip in the noodles. I’m using potato noodles and stir them around
That’s it, nearly done. Top with chopped greens of the green onion and coriander.
oh and don’t forget to add in the scrambled eggs.
Voila. Breakfast noodles!
Boiled noodles- 1-2 nests
Prawns (optional)- 100g
salt- 1/2 tsp
for the sauce
Soy sauce- 1tbsp
Oyster sauce- 1 tbsp
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
(in case you’re vegetarian, omit oyster sauce and increase soy sauce amount to 1.5 tbsp)
Mushrooms- 4-5 sliced
lettuce- 5-6 leaves chopped
garlic-2 cloves chopped fine
Ginger- 2 cm stem chopped fine
Spring onion-1 chopped fine
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.