This is a popular Indo-Chinese dish that can be found in most restaurants and road side chinese vendors. It is usually paired with Chinese Manchurian(recipe coming soon).
Total Time: 60 min
400 grams Noodles (I have used Ching’s Hakka Noodles)
6-8 French beans (finely chopped)
1 medium Onion (Julienne)
1/4 small Cabbage (Julienne)
1/2 cup Bean sprouts
4 to 5 button mushrooms (finely chopped)
1 medium Carrot (Julienne)
3 clove of Garlic (finely chopped)
1 medium Green bell pepper
2-3 Green chillies
3-4 scallions/green onions (finely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon White pepper powder
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Vinegar
3 tablespoons Oil
Salt to taste
1. In a large pot add about 7 cups of water and few drops of oil. Let the water come to a boil, before adding the noodles. It usually takes about 4-5 min for the noodles to become soft. Once the noodle is soft drain the noodles and add it into a bowl of cold water.
Tip: Adding it into a bowl allows the extra starch from the noodles to be released into the water and avoids the noodles from sticking together. Some people chose to add oil after they have drained the noodles.
2. Heat oil in a Wok or a non-stick pan.
3. Add garlic, green chillies and red onion, saute it for about a minute on medium heat.
4. Add finely chopped french beans and stir-fry for about 3-min on high heat.
5. Add mushrooms, carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, stir-fry for another 2-3 min on high heat. Make sure you keep tossing and stirring it.
6. Add the noodles into the wok.
7. Add soy sauce, white pepper and salt to taste, and stir.
8 Add bean sprouts, vinegar and scallions
9. Toss the whole mixture well and let it cook for a min
Tip: Tossing is a skill that you cannot learn until you try it. You may spill a little bit but you will get a hang of it in a few tries. Worst case you can you tongs to mix the noodles around.
Word of advice: Make sure the screws or the handle of the pan is sturdy, I had a few friends try to toss it but the handle of their pan was either lose or the pan was at the end of its life-cycle that they ended up dropping the pan on the floor and had to start all over :P.
10. Serve the Hakka Noodles with Veg. Manchurian Curry.