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Shanghai Noodles

A plate of Shanghai Noodles with Chinese Chile Oil and black vinegar on the side

 

Chinese noodles tossed with Shitake mushrooms, greens and fried pork

China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want to consider a trip to Shanghai.

In this international city, food is often flavored with a bit of sugar at the end of cooking.  The amount of you need though, can readily depend on your taste.  Once on a train from Shanghai to Beijing, my Shanghaiese seat mate told me that grandmothers add as much as 1/2 cup of sugar to the food at the end.  Whether that is true or not, be careful with the amount.  It should be just enough to enhance the saltiness and provide a depth of flavor to other ingredients like ginger and garlic and cooking wine.

But don’t just take my word for it.  Taste it for yourself with these noodles fried with Shitake mushrooms, chopped Choy Sum and shredded pork all coated in a sweet and salty soy sauce.  For me, it’s a great one pot/wok meal that pleases the entire family.  Also great as leftovers when eaten cold for a quick lunch.  Eat it as is, or season with Chinese black vinegar and Chinese Chili Oil for an added kick.

 

A an orange package of Chinese egg noodles
For this recipe, you’ll need Chinese wheat noodles. Just choose whatever kind you like best but the thicker noodles work best for this dish.

 

Chinese egg noodles cooked and drained in a metal colander
Cook the noodles, drain and rinse in cold water. Toss in 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil to prevent sticking. Set aside or place in the fridge for 20 minutes to let cool. Always make sure the noodles are cool or cold before frying to fry otherwise you risk a sticky mess.

 

Sliced Shitake mushrooms cooking with chopped scallions in a wok
In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat. Add the sliced white parts of the scallions and thinly sliced shitake mushrooms. Fry until mushrooms have browned.

 

Chopped Shitake mushrooms, chopped scallions, minced ginger and garlic cooking together in a wok
When mushrooms have browned, add the chopped ginger and garlic. Stir and cook until fragrant (about a minute or two).

 

Shredded pork shoulder cooking with mushrooms, scallions, garlic and ginger in a wok
Add the shredded pork shoulder to the wok and stir.

 

Pork and mushrooms cooking in Chinese cooking wine in a wok
Quickly add a splash of Chinese cooking wine (about 1 oz) to the pork and mushroom mix. Stir and cook until liquid has evaporated. This shouldn’t take long at all.

 

Chopped choy sum cooking in a wok with pork and mushroom mixture
Add the chopped choy sum along with the chopped green stems of the scallions. Toss in the stir fry, cover and cook for a minute.

 

Cooked Chinese egg noodles cooking in a wok with Choy sum, mushrooms and pork mixture
Toss the stir fried vegetables then add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil to the wok and cooked noodles. Make sure they are cool to the touch when added. If they stick together, break them up with your hands before adding them. Mix together with the veg and fry for 1-2 minutes.

 

Soy sauce and sugar added to Shanghai noodles mixture in a wok.
Add the soy sauce and sugar. Toss together until everything is evenly coated and let cook for a minute or so then turn off heat.

 

 

Shanghai noodles with pork and Choy sum tossed with Chinese Chile oil and black vinegar
Serve and eat as is or spice it up with a spoonful or two of Chinese Chile Oil (Lajiao), Chinese black vinegar or a combination of both.

 

 

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Shanghai Noodles


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Description

Noodles fried Shanghai style with shitake mushrooms, chopped choy sum & shredded pork then coated in a sweet and salty soy sauce. #noodles #pork #easyrecipes #quickrecipes #stirfry


Scale

Ingredients

  • 400500 g (14 ~ 18 oz) Chinese wheat noodles
  • 12 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 200 g (7 oz) Shitake mushrooms
  • a large bunch of Choy Sum (about 300 g/ 10.5 oz)
  • a small bunch of scallions (about 5-7 stalks)
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped garlic
  • 200 g ( 7 oz) pork shoulder
  • splash of Chinese cooking wine (about 1 oz)
  • 23 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 23 tbsp light sauce sauce
  • 1 heaping tbsp of sugar

Instructions

Prep

  • Clean mushrooms with a damn towel.  Remove fibrous steams then thinly slice mushrooms no bigger than 1/2 cm (1/4 in) thick
  • Chop the stalks of the choy sum into 2 cm/1 inch long pieces but keep the leaves in bigger pieces
  • Thinly slice the white parts of the scallions and cut what is usable of the green parts into pieces about 5 cm/ 2 inches long.
  • Slice the pork as thinly as possible.  Ideally, short and thin strips work the best.

Wok Frying 

  • Cook the noodles according to directions, drain and rinse in cold water.
  • Toss in 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil to prevent sticking.
  • Set aside or place in the fridge for 20 minutes to let cool. Always make sure the noodles are cool or cold before frying to fry otherwise you risk a sticky mess.
  • In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil over high heat. Add the sliced white parts of the scallions and thinly sliced Shitake mushrooms. Fry until mushrooms have browned.
  • When mushrooms have browned, add the chopped ginger and garlic. Stir and cook until fragrant (about a minute or two).
  • Add the shredded pork shoulder to the wok and stir.
  • Quickly add a splash of Chinese cooking wine (about 1 oz) to the pork and mushroom mix. Stir and cook until liquid has evaporated. This shouldn’t take long at all.
  • Add the chopped Choy Sum along with the chopped green stems of the scallions. Toss in the stir fry, cover and cook for a minute.
  • Toss the stir fried vegetables then add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil to the wok and cooked noodles. Make sure they are cool to the touch when added. If they stick together, break them up with your hands before adding them. Mix together with the veg and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce and sugar. Toss together until everything is evenly coated and let cook for a minute or so then turn off heat.
  • Serve and eat as is or spice it up with a spoonful or two of Chinese Chile Oil (Lajiao), Chinese black vinegar or a combination of both.

  • Category: Noodles, Stir-fry, Main
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Shanghai noodles, stir fry, noodles, soy sauce, pork, wok fried, choy sum. mushrooms

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