This is a very simple and easy dish to prepare using rice noodles. What are rice noodles? They are are principally made from rice and water. They are are commonly used in the cuisines of Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Rice noodles are available fresh, frozen, or dried and come in various shapes and thicknesses. I prefer to use the dried version as it’s easy to store and keeps well.
Rice noodles are very versatile, and can be fried, used in a soup or cooked with a gravy. Either way, they make great tasting dishes. How do you prepare dried rice noodles for cooking? Soften noodles by immersing them in water for a few minutes. After they are softened, they must be kept moist or they will turn hard. If you do not use them immediately, keep them covered with a plastic wrap or a damp cloth.You can also keep noodles moist by soaking them in water, at room temperature or refrigerated.
Now you’re ready to cook fried rice noodles. Here’s the recipe (serves 1):
* One huge handful moistened rice noodles
* Another handful of beansprouts
* Mustard Greens
* 3 to 4 cloves of garlic
* 100 gm thinly sliced chicken breast meat
* 3 to 4 large prawns
* 2 tbsp cooking oil for frying
* 1 tbsp oyster sauce
* 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
* 1 tsp dark soy sauce
* 1 tsp sugar
* 1 tsp chicken stock powder (better yet, use real chicken stock)
* 1/3 cup water (or more if you prefer more gravy. However, please remember to proportionately add more seasoning or else your noodles won’t be as tasty)
* a dash of white pepper
Combine seasonings in a small bowl. Heat wok over high heat until hot. Add oil and swirl to evenly coat the wok, and heat for about 30 seconds.
Fry garlic, stir vigorously for about a minute. Add Mustard Greens and then the chicken. Finally add the prawns. Pour in seasonings and give the contents a few big stirs. Let cook for about a minute and add the noodles. Cover an let simmer for a minute. This will better infuse the seasoning into the noodles. Lastly, add the bean sprouts (I like them crunchy). Sprinkle white pepper. Serve immediately with cut bird chillies and green onions. Simply delicious!