Monday, 20 June 2011

Filipino Fried Noodles with Chicken and Beans [Recipe]

'I'm too tired. Go cook something today'
..that's what my mom said this morning. So I tried to find something on my Masterchef magazine. Finally I found something really simple and easy to cook.
So I decided to give it a try. The dish is called Filipino fried noodles with chicken and beans. It is said that it is known as pancit, meaning noodles, which is a staple in the Philippines.
It is very simple to make, but I guess I put too much water so the seasoning is kinda lost. But it's still good for me, and the family demolished it in no time. 
Final produce
The mother complained why do I have to do so many steps, but I think using the master stock (not the ready-use stock or stock powder), the brown sugar and fish sauce makes the flavour to be richer and tastier.
The original recipe uses coriander, but I hate coriander's taste and smell, so I didn't include it. And please mind my ‘julienned’ carrot, I believe they weren’t julienne at all hehee.
Chopped and sliced ingredients
This dish is worth trying, especially when you want an easy and tasty lunch.    
Here's the recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 600g chicken thigh fillet (chicken breast if you prefer, or BBQ chicken and just shred the meat)
  • 60ml(1/4 cup) soy sauce
  • 250g  glass vermicelli (I used corn vermicelli)
  • 60ml(1/4 cup) peanut oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3cm piece ginger, cut into julienne (matchstick)
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 2tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 long red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into julienne
  • 400g green beans or snake beans, cut into 5cm lengths
  • 1/4cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped ( I didn't use any coriander though)    
   
Method:   

1. Place chicken, soy sauce, and 500ml water in a large saucepan, ensuring the water just covers the chicken. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from soy sauce mixture, place in a bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. 

2. Strain soy sauce mixture through a fine sieve into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil over high heat and cook for 10 minutes or until reduced by three quarters.
 
Reduced mixture

3. Meanwhile, soak noodles in cold water for 15 minutes to soften. Drain.  

4. Using your hands, finely shred chicken into a bowl then season with pepper. Toss well to combine.      

5. Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger, and cool, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft. Add soy sauce mixture, sugar, fish sauce, chillies, carrot, and beans, and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until sugar dissolves. Add chicken, noodles, and coriander, and cook, tossing, for 5 mins or until the noodles are warmed through. Serve.

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Noodles in the wok

Note: I can't watch Masterchef hereee!!!! I really wanna know what's happened there (sob)


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