I have a friend at work, who is Chinese. We discuss about food a lot. She loves to eat :). When we were chitchatting about some basic noodle recipe’s, realising that I do not use Fish Sauce, she suggested I try it as it adds a lot of flavour to Chinese food. I went looking for the Fish Sauce and was surprised that almost every store stocked this up in the Asian section. Bought a small bottle, to try it out. Yes, indeed it has enhanced the flavour to my Prawn Chilli Garlic Noodles recipe. 🙂
Tip – You can omit the fish sauce if you do not like the fishy flavour in your noodles. You could also directly use some chilli flakes if you want to avoid the time spent in preparing the dry crushed red chilli. If you do not want the dark brown colour to your noodles use normal soy sauce instead of the dark soy sauce.
Back in India, my friends from work used to go out to a lot of Chinese restaurants for lunch. Miss all those days..! I know you lazy bums will not really try this recipe out.. but I think you should… this one is for all you guys!
Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 15 mins
Red Onion – 1 medium-sized, diced
Garlic cloves – 5 medium-sized, finely chopped
Noodles – 2 nests
Dry red chilli’s – 4 medium spicy variety
Dark Soya Sauce – 1 tbsp
Fish Sauce – 1 tsp
Prawns – about 100 gms, peeled and washed
Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Bring about 1.5 litres of water to a boil in a pot. Add some salt and half a tbsp of oil to it. Add the noodle nests and cook as per the instructions on the packet.
Meanwhile, heat a fry pan. Set the heat to medium. Now Add the dry roast the red chilli’s for a minute or two till it starts to change colour. Take them off heat, and crush them into small pieces in a pestle. Keep aside.
Now add oil to the heated fry pan or you can use a wok if you wish. Add the finely chopped garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Do not burn them. Now Add the Onions and fry for a minute or two. Now add the crushed red chilli’s, soya sauce, fish sauce and mix well. Add the prawns and fry. They should get cooked in about 4-5 minutes max. Add some salt.
Meanwhile the noodles should be ready. Drain the water out and keep aside. Add the noodles to the stir fried prawns and mix well.
Take off the heat.
Garnish with some chopped coriander & spring onions if you wish to. I did want to garnish, but I did not have any fresh coriander & spring onions at hand and it was raining to venture out & pick some. 🙂
Serve hot along with any oriental curry or have it as is.
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