This is straight-out-of-a-recipe book. Its that good. Most ingredients are easy to find, some even sitting in your own pantry. I picked the bottle of Hoisin Sauce from a Chinese grocery store. But most supermarkets also have it.
The ingredients for Noodles With Hoisin Chicken and Shrimp are:
2-3 cups egg noodles
250 gms boneless chicken cut into thick slices
250 gms shrimp (deveined and cleaned)
3 cloves of garlic crushed
2 inch fresh ginger crushed
2 spring onions
100 gms French beans
100 gms fresh bok choy
2 hard boiled eggs
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp cooking wine
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp veg oil
3-4 dried red chilies
Marinade the chicken and shrimp with crushed ginger and garlic, orange juice, 1 tbsp cooking wine, brown sugar, veg oil, 3-4 dried red chili, 1 tbsp soy sauce and keep aside for 30 minutes.
Prepare a sauce with 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp cooking wine, and 2 tbsp hoisin sauce. Mix some corn starch with water separately. Cook the marinated chicken-shrimp in a wok for about 7-8 minutes. Add the sauce you have prepared after the chicken becomes tender. Let it simmer for about five minutes.
Add the corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce. And cook for another 3-4 minutes stirring all the while.
Heat water and add some salt and drops of veg oil in a broad vessel. Blanch the halved French beans and bok choy leaves along with the noodles till they are done. Do not overcook or cover while cooking. Strain the noodles. Add the noodles to the chicken – shrimp sauce and mix well.
Garnish the noodles with green onions and boiled eggs. This recipe was originally made with lamb (boneless), but I tried this with chicken and shrimp and it turned out equally authentic.
There you have it- another one from my Asian-inspired kitchen!!
*If you are using lamb, the marinating time goes up to at least four hours.
A popular Chinese belief is that noodles served on birthdays should not be broken. If you break the noodles, you shorten the person’s life!