Chow fun is one of those things that you just have to make yourself. It's like fried rice - so customizable, so yummy, and most importantly SO greasy when you get it for takeout!!! I'm not sure why Chinese takeout places insist on drenching chow fun in oil, but trust me its much better without.
I never even knew you could order chow fun for takeout when I was young. It's just something my parents make, and something they taught me to make. Whenever I go to the Chinese supermarket, I always grab a package of chow fun - not frozen though because that's just turning into mush when you cook it, I promise.
These days, I make a version that isn't quite traditional because well, like I said, customizable! I load it up with ingredients I love and skip out on some that I'm not super fond of, like bean sprouts (ickk). Of course, you can add whatever you like but this is mine :)
Chicken Chow Fun
What you need:
- 1 chicken breast, sliced thinly.
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 package chow fun noodles
- 6 stalks yu choy, chopped (or equivalent veggies like bok choy or napa cabbage)
- 2 links chinese sausage/lap cheong, sliced
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 inch knob of ginger, finely minced
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- a dash of maggi sauce (optional)
- 2 stalks scallions, rough chopped
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil, for frying
- salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes for seasoning
How to do it:
- Marinate chicken in cornstarch and soy sauce. Set aside for 15min.
- Meanwhile, pull apart chow fun noodles. It's okay if they break (but alright try not to break too many)
- Heat olive oil up in a pan, and scramble eggs.
- Remove eggs and fry chicken with garlic and ginger until done.
- Remove chicken and fry the Chinese sausage.
- Add vegetables, return eggs and chicken into the pan. Add noodles on top of the vegetables (which should have sufficiently covered the bottom of the pan).
- Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, (maggi sauce, if using), and sesame oil. Add scallions and stir up the whole thing.
- Salt and pepper and chili pepper flakes come in last, to taste.
The ingredients list looks super long, I know. But, this recipe is actually really easy and the ingredients are staples in Chinese kitchens anyway... (I actually never even realized how many ingredients there were until I wrote it all down whoops!)