Noodles bring back memories of eating Maggie. In my childhood eating Maggie noodles was like a feast to me and my cousin brother. As we grew up, Maggie noodles too went through a lot of change but the grown-up Maggie was never the same :(.
The indianised Chinese Version slowly made place in to my top favourite food items, which I savoured while eating outside. I really don’t know whether the authentic Chinese would taste as good as our Indian rendition. I have tasted Chinese in probable the top restaurants, but my heart lays when it is prepared in the small eateries, where you get to smell the aroma of garlic. Mmmmm…Hungry..very hungry..
Taking into consideration our health, I prefer home-cooked recipes. That spares me from worrying about the added MSG, ajinomoto and other preservatives. Also it is not at all time consuming. A little bit preparation ahead of lunch/dinner and you are all set to eat right out of the pan.
G and I always have a debate over the schezwan noodles that he likes or hakka noodles for yours truly. Guess who wins (hihihih)!! So going with my favourite, here is the recipe for it. Hope you like it too..
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Garlic paste – 2 teaspoons
Green chilli paste – 1 teaspoon
Cabbage (shredded) – ½ cup
Green Capsicum (thinly sliced) – ½ cup
Onion (thinly sliced and separated) – 1/3 cup
Carrots (thinly sliced) – 1/3 cup
Boiled noodles (as per packet instructions) – 100 gm
Vinegar – ½ teaspoon
Soya Sauce – 1 teaspoon
Salt – to taste
- Heat oil in a kadhai/wok and sauté garlic paste, chilli paste.
- Add cabbage, capsicum, onion and salt in proportion to the veggies. Stir fry.
- Add the boiled noodles, vinegar, soya sauce and mix well for nearly 4-5 min.
- Serve hot.
- The vegetables shouldn’t be fully cooked.
It’s me Girish, posting a recipe today instead of Deepa, your regular chef at foodlyrics.
I wasn’t much of a cook other than preparing tea, coffee, sandwiches, pizzas and a few simpler recipes.
Thanks to Deepa and her love of cooking that I was introduced to a lot of variety and advance level of cooking recipes and ingredients which I would never have known otherwise. One main element that I always try to keep going is that any dish should be quick, easy and simple to prepare. I don’t know many guys who spend a lot of time in the kitchen for various reasons (debate which I don’t intend to start ;)) but for all those who are interested and yet keep themselves away due to the fear of getting into complicated recipes and putting in tons of time… my effort is to share dishes that are way too easy to cook and don’t take much of your time.
So here we go, this is my version of the Schezwan noodles. But instead of the trouble (for me) to prepare the sauce/chutney… I’ve used Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney. We’ve chopped the vegetables at home but to further simplify the process you can get a packet of diced or finely chopped vegetables specially for Chinese style recipes at any vegetable mart or a local grocer who stocks such items. Make sure they are fresh.
Go ahead and enjoy, I hope you all like this quick version and share it across with your friends.
Ching’s Secret Hakka Noodles – 1 packet 150 gms
Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney – 2 1/2 tablespoons
Mixed vegetables (cabbage, french beans, carrot, spring onion, capsicum) – thinly sliced – 4 cups
Onion – 1 medium sliced, finely sliced
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste
- Cook the noodles as per the packet instructions.
- In a big wok, heat the oil and add the garlic paste and onions. Saute till onions become transparent.
- Add vegetables, Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney, vinegar, salt and saute for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Add the noodles, mix gently so that noodles are well coated with Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney and vegetable mixture.
- Serve hot!
- Please note while sauting the vegetables, they shouldn’t be overcooked. They should remain quite raw, that’s the key.
- Using a pair of cooking tongs while mixing the noodles will help ease the mixing process.
- If you know how to, enjoy it with a pair of chopsticks.. cause I don’t