Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Oodles of noodles...

My kids call anything made with noodles "oodles of noodles" , I think because they like the sound of it.
Last night I made this version of it - with chicken and whatever veg I had in the house at the time. I'll give the recipe for what you see in the image however you can use any meat/veg combination you prefer for this.

For 2 people (or one person with a large appetite):
  • 1 large or 2 small carrots - thinly sliced
  • 1 thin or 1/2 - 3/4 thick leek sliced really thinly
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper - sliced into thin strips (you can use another colour of course and you can add chilli pepper too if you like it spicy)
  • 300 gr chicken - in strips
  • Chinese noodles (the packs I buy have 3 "sheets" and I used one of them)
  • Sweet soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • Pepper, 5 spice
  • 1 tbp cornflour or normal flour (I will say cornflour in the instructions but use flour if that's what you have - both work well)
  1. Make a marinade of some soy sauce, pepper, garlic and 5 spice in a bowl and add the chicken to it and leave to marinade while you chop the veg.
  2. Put the carrot slices into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil - allow to simmer for a max. of 5 minutes
  3. Meanwhile melt a knob of butter/marg or pour some oil in a frying pan (skillet) or wok and heat.
  4. Add the chicken to the pan, making sure to squeeze out any excess marinade back into the bowl (you will need this later) and make sure all the sides are sealed. 
  5. Put all your remaining veg into the frying pan and stir fry till cooked. 
  6. Turn the heat off the pan with the carrots once the 5 minutes has passed and add the Chinese noodles - leave for 4 minutes
  7. Meanwhile make the sauce:  pour the marinade into the pan, add a bit more soy sauce and enough water so you have about 1 cm (1/4 inch) of liquid in the pan and bring to the boil
  8. Put the cornflour into a glass and add some water - mix to a paste with no lumps (this is important)
  9. While stirring the contents of the frying pan slowly add the cornflour paste and allow to thicken.
  10. Turn the heat low.
  11. Strain the carrots/noodles and add them to the frying pan.
  12. Mix thoroughly and serve.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)


  1. I love making stir fry dishes like this, fun and easy to boot, very little prep/cook time, add some ginger and sumtimes coat the chicken or fish with panko yummieh @-@

    I've never used flour or cornmeal tho, just soy/teriyaki sauce with ground ginger and minced garlic, am assuming adding the flour makes it a little thicker?

  2. That sounds good too :)

    Yes they thicken the sauce so it's not runny but sticks to the noodles :)