Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chinese Five Spice Noodles

I had this recipe bookmarked long time ago.But I never got a chance to make this.So last week on my usual errand to 99 ranch store,I picked up a packet of this Chinese five spice powder. Its a mixture of ground star anise,cinnamon,cloves and fennel and sichuan pepper corn.The Chinese believed that number 5 has healing properties and that it why it contains five distinctive spices.Its widely used in meat preparation.

But the noodles turned out to be tasty and aromatic and was different than the usual noodle recipes.

Recipe adapted from serious eats.com

Ingredients:

Imitation egg noodles - 1 pound(original recipe calls for cellophane noodles)

Soy sauce - 3 Tablespoon

Chili paste -3 tsp
Five spice powder - 2 tsp

Garlic minced - 4 (2 for saute and 2 for the sauce)

Ginger minced - 2 tbsp

Vegetable broth - 1/2 cup

Broccoli - 1 large stems and stalk removed

Carrot - 1 julienned

Cabbage - 1 cup shredded

Onion - 1/2 chopped(didn't use)

Scallion - 2 chopped

Sesame oil -2 tbsp(for the sauce)

Vegetable oil  - 3 tablespoon

Pepper powder - according to spice level

Method:

Heat water in a pot and when it starts boiling,switch off the stove , drop the noodles and soak for 5 minutes. Drain and keep them ready.

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, ginger, garlic and five-spice powder in small bowl.The sauce is ready.

Place a large wok or saute pan over high heat. Pour in the oil, and then add the onion(I used white part of scallion). Cook, stirring often until translucent, about 3 minutes. Toss in the garlic and cook for another minute. Then add the broccoli, carrots, cabbage, broth, and finally the soy sauce mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is very tender.



Toss in the scallions and egg noodles. Stir well, and cook until the noodles are coated in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3 comments:

Now Serving said...

This looks yummy too! following dear - please do stop by/follow my blog - love to see you there.

Hema said...

Iam yet to try this five spice, noodles look so awesome..

Mahi said...

I haven't heard of this spice..noodles look yummy! :P