Shanghai Stir-Fried Chunky Noodles
This Shanghainese noodle recipe, from the British cook and food writer Fuchsia Dunlop, can be made vegetarian by omitting the pork. Do seek out light and dark soy sauces; light soy sauce adds salty-umami flavor and dark soy sauce adds color. Traditional woks are made from carbon steel, and must be routinely seasoned to keep from rusting. To season, heat the wok on high, turn off the flame and use a paper towel to wipe the interior with vegetable oil. Repeat if necessary. A deep frying pan with high sides will work for this recipe if you don't have a wok.
- Serves: 3 persons
- 6ounces lean pork, from a boneless pork loin chop or a tenderloin
- ½teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 ½teaspoons Shaoxing wine
- 1teaspoon cornstarch
- 1pound fresh Shanghai noodles or Japanese udon noodles
- 2tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil, plus a splash
- 1tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 2tablespoons chicken stock
- 10ounces green baby bok choy or 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
- Salt and ground white pepper
Step 1Cut the pork evenly into 1/4-inch slices, then into 1/8-inch slivers.
Step 2In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce, the Shaoxing wine, the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water and mix well. Add pork and marinate until ready to cook.
Step 3Bring a large, deep pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the cooked noodles into a colander and rinse with cold water. Shake them dry and toss with a splash of oil, stirring thoroughly to prevent sticking.
Step 4In a small bowl, combine remaining light soy sauce, the dark soy sauce and the chicken stock and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, seasoned wok over high heat until oil just begins to smoke. Add pork, leaving the marinade behind, and stir-fry swiftly to separate. When they are just cooked, remove from wok and set aside.
Step 5Clean and re-season the wok, if necessary, then return it to high heat with the remaining oil. Add noodles and soy sauce mixture and stir-fry until piping hot. Add bok choy or spinach and continue to stir-fry briefly until wilted. Stir in the pork and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Serve.