Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chinese Veg Hakka Noodles

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Chinese cuisine is like a love-hate relationship to me,I love Chinese if it is done properly otherwise I would not even think of taking second bite of it.The authentic Chinese food is loaded with lots of flavor and the crunchiness of vegetables is maintained which makes every bite delicious. I generally avoid eating Chinese food in all restaurants as it involves liberal usage of oil and also the MSG added in it to make it delicious,though I can ask them not to add MSG to food but I cannot control the usage of oil in it.The best option for me is to recreate the restaurant style Chinese food at home where I can control all these factors and still enjoy the taste of it.Sesame oil is the best option to use in Chinese cooking as the oil has a nutty flavor in it and that is why it is used in authentic Chinese cooking.But for health freaks Olive oil is the best alternative as a few more tbsps of Olive oil does not hurt us much when compared to any other oil.I strongly recommend either sesame oil or olive oil than using any other oil in Chinese cooking as they enhance the flavor of Chinese food.

Coming to today's recipe,Hakka noodles is one of the most popular and favorite dish of Indo-Chinese cuisine and is very popular among all the age groups especially with the kids.This is one of my most favorite Indo-Chinese dishes which I order regularly in Chinese joints.It is even popular among the road side eateries and is generally served along with Gobi manchurian which is equally famous and also a very nice combo.

Chinese Hakka Noodles Recipe:
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:
1 pack(200 gms) Vegetarian Hakka Noodles
1" Ginger,julienne into thin strips
3-4 Garlic pods,finely chopped
1 tsp ground Black pepper/White pepper
1 tsp dark Soya sauce
1/2 tsp white Vinegar
1 tsp Green chilli sauce(optional)
4-5 tbsp Olive oil
Salt to taste

veggies needed:
1 cup finely shredded Cabbage,lengthwise
1 big Carrot,julienne into thin strips
1 Capsicum,julienne into thin strips
12-15 French beans,thinly sliced diagonally
6-8 Spring onions,whites-sliced thin;greens-finely chopped

Method:
  • Bring 7-8 cups of water to a boil in a pan and add salt and a tsp of regular oil to it and add hakka noodles and cook according to the instructions.The noodles should hold its shape and firm to bite,this process should take 8-10 mins.Keep an eye at the end so that the noodles will not become soggy.
  • Drain the noodles in a colander and pour cold water over it and wash the starch completely from the cooked noodles,this helps in retaining non-sticky noodles.
  • Heat olive oil in a big wok over a high flame and then add ginger strips and chopped garlic and saute it well.
  • Add finely sliced spring onion whites and shredded cabbage and fry in high flame.
  • Add julienne carrots,beans and fry well until they are half cooked.Take care not to loose the crunch of vegetables,they should be firm to bite.
  • Add capsicum strips to it and toss it again.
  • Add salt,pepper powder,soya sauce,vinegar,green chilli sauce and fry for a minute.
  • Add cooked noodles and chopped spring onion greens and toss well until it is mixed properly and toss on high flame.
Serve it hot with any manchurian gravy side dish or tomato sauce.

Notes:
  • The entire process would be done under 8-10 mins,so be quick while sauteing the vegetables and noodles and also take care not to loose the crunchiness of vegetables.
  • You can use white pepper powder or black pepper powder and it is preferred to use freshly ground black pepper in the recipe.
  • Be liberal in using oil as it helps the noodles not to turn sticky and in Chinese cooking it is always advisable to use more oil.
  • I have used olive oil in the recipe as it gives a nice flavor and even the liberal usage of olive oil does not hurt me as the normal oil does.If you do not have olive oil in hand the best substitute for olive oil is sesame oil in Chinese cooking as sesame oil is primarily used in Chinese cooking as the oil itself has nutty flavor which enhances the taste of Chinese dishes.
  • In Chinese cooking ajinamoto(tasting salt) is added for extra taste,I do not use it in my cooking and hence not mentioned in the recipe.If you are using it,add 1/2 tsp of ajinamoto while adding salt and sauces to the wok.
Variations:
  • You can even add chopped celery to it which gives very nice flavor to the noodles.
  • You can even add bokchoy(Chinese greens) while sauteing the other vegetables.
  • You can add 2-3 tbsp of schezwan sauce along with other sauces and toss it to make Schezwan noodles.Adjust the spiciness according to your taste.
  • You can add red chilli paste along with other sauces and also add 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic in the recipe to make Chilli Garlic noodles.Reduce the amount of vegetables in the recipe and also avoid green chili sauce in the recipe.
I am sending this entry to Pari's 'ONLY-Pasta/Noodles/Pizza' event which is guest hosted by
Jeyashri.

60 comments:

Radhika said...

Wonderful Presentation Prathy. I love hakka noodles very much though the veggie chopping can be a pain in Chinese cuisine it is undoubtedly delicious.

Kalyani said...

Love the awesome pics dear !! And the oriental artefacts set the mood perfectly.. I wanna invite myself over to that meal, now !! :-)
Cheers
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Priti said...

Looks fab ....love this, you have nice collection of Chinese stuff :)

Kadhyaa... said...

thats lovely presentation loved all ur pics. droolworthy noodles..just had it last night..

Priya's Feast said...

Luks Like i am hopped into the Chinese food blog...Kids will luv the noodles...

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Wow!!So colourful and tempting hakka noodles. I love chinese dish.

Santosh Bangar said...

noddles are looking inviting. super presentation

Kaveri said...

Loved your clicks....Very very inviting...and its my daughter's favorite..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Too good presentation..so yuummy..

jayasree said...

Lovely presentation and tempting noodles.

Deeksha said...

Looks so inviting. Lovely clicks.

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

feel like eating chinese now...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks very appealing, yummy noodles

Reva said...

Noodles looks yummy:) Presentation is awesome ... must have been heavenly..
Reva

Mina Joshi said...

This looks so healthy and delicious.

Mina Joshi
www.givemesomespice.com

ANU said...

OMG! awesome noodles and love the presentation....mind blowing dear...you got the whole chinese place set...gr8 job....appreciate you a lot!

Harini said...

lovely presentation and love the chinese artifacts :)

Archana said...

Looks so yummy! I could eat off the screen. Our favourite. Thanks for sharing


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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely presentation and delicious hakka noodles..love those tinny miny cups..

Pavithra said...

My fav one and every pictures looks awesome.. I am totally tempted.

Kalyani's Platter said...

Looks delicious ... And wonderful clicks ...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow perfect and delicious noodles,presentation is too gud prathy...I love all the props,very nice...

divya said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww... mouth watering here.. looks so so so delicious and perfect.. simply inviting dear. .awesome clicks:)

Laavanya said...

That is just so delicious!

Nitha said...

wow.. you made me drool...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very colorful and delicious looking Hakka Noodles. Wonderfully prepared.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Shanavi said...

Fantastic presentation..Love these kinda noodles..Would love to have some ..:)

savitha ramesh said...

cute cups.love the noodles.

aipi said...

Very very beautifully presented ~ a classic n all time fav!!
USMasala

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so colorful and delicious.

Priya said...

Lovely platter dear, looks super inviting and tempting..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

I too made noodles today... Chinese food made at home is so addictive na..
Loved ur cute bowls..
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Smitha said...

i love hakka noodles...the clicks look tempting and I feel like having it now!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious noodles and very beautiful presentation...loved the props used...perfect..

DEESHA said...

It's beeN ages since I made Hakka noodles. This looks so yummy n the veggies r crunchy

Sobha Shyam said...

wow, absolutely delicious noodles, great clicks,pass me that plate...can finish it in no time :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

yum, love the dish and the presentation :)

saffronstreaks said...

Hakka noodles looks perfect and its true if Chinese dishes are not done perfectly they become very annoying..loved your props usedin the photos, wonderful presentation

Sukanya

Suma Gandlur said...

I love both the presentation and the props.

Mugdha said...

lovely presentation...looks soo yumm..

Uma said...

mmm.looks so delicious. Great clicks as always.

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow clicks are tempting me and i am very hungry now.U chopped the veggies so nicely and excellent pics.

SouthIndianHome said...

Awesome pictures.Nice recipe for recreating Chinese noodles at home
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Priyanka Agrawal said...

luv the decor n everything else

Pushpa said...

Hakka noodles look yummy and flavorful.

Deepti said...

Thats my fav among all Chinese...Loved ur tempting clicks

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veena said...

lot of delicious colors on the plate. looks wonderful

Suhaina said...

Noodles looks super yummy and love all the colours...wonderful clicks too..Perfect.kids would simply love it.

Rani acharyulu said...

Lovely presentation...noodles looks so tempting and yummy!

Prathima Rao said...

Thats a perfect, restaurant style, delicious noodles!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya Sreeram said...

ooh la la, very beautifully presented, veg hakka noodles looks very nice !

Ananda Rajashekar said...

i know how popular it is every where and looks absolutely wonderful

Shoba Shrinivasan said...

I love chinese food too...its also someting i can have ONLY if its well done. very easy to make yet crunchy and wholeseom and i love the flavour of pepper...with a side of gobi manchurian gravy...i can have it all day!

Shobha

Shri said...

Love the pics as always!!The Hakka Noodles look very yummy and delicious!

Ammu's said...

Lovely presentation...yummy

Kalyan said...

Hakka noodles are one of my favourites anytime...looks delicious.

Mythreyi said...

Wowwww, the dish and setting perfectly looks chineese...


-Mythreyi
Yum! Yum! Yum!

Jayasri said...

Hi parthy, how are you ?, thanks so much for sending to the event, love your cutlery and clicks, love hakka noodles, I always make them, that way my kids can eat lot of veggies, just made it 3 days back!, I love it too..

Ragini Sharma said...

This is very good noodle and very healthy to have in lunch.
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WeR SAHM said...

delicious n my favorite noodles .....wonderful clicks

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