Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

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Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

My Mother on left-I love a cup of tea too!

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

My Mother on right and her sister on the left

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Usually made with beef, this is also a dish which unravelled a little history to it. My grandmother made the Rice Wine 20 years ago and it's now stored in an old Ribena bottle. My grandmother was a woman who had 6 children and my mother was the youngest of the lot and therefore the "baby". My grandmother was a strict woman, after all being widowed after the war with 6 kids meant that she needed to show some discipline in order to keep her brood in check and she made sure that they all went to university and made a good living for themselves. She was strict but of course caring in her own gruff way, making sure that you got the best pieces of a dish before anyone else. And notoriously hot tempered which has invited some comparisons between me and her! Who moi?

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

My grandmother's Home-made Rice Wine

I know it seems like an inordinate amount of ingredients for a simple dish but if you look closely, they'll probably be things that you already have in your pantry. The key is to have everything ready and then once it's ready, it's a relatively quick dish to cook which accounts for why you see it at so many outdoor stalls and at food festivals. The dish smells absolutely wonderful whilst cooking it and I defy anyone to resist it. The taste is just as wonderful as the scent suggests, the slippery noodles drenched in an aromatic sauce with a generous surplus of meat and noodles. And there's no shortage of "best pieces" here.

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Funnily enough, I found this photo of my mum and her friends. Looks like an early sighting of the Foodus Bloggerus!

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Foodus Bloggerus sighting 1960

So tell me a bit about your mother or grandmother Dear Reader!

Chicken (or Beef) Hor Fun Noodles

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Marinated meat:

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine

  • 1 teaspoons light soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 300g chicken or steak, sliced thinly

Sauce:

  • 2 cups chicken or beef stock (depending on which meat you're cooking)

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornflour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon  sesame oil

Rest of ingredients:

  • 500g/1 lb fresh rice noodles

  • 3/4 a bunch of chinese vegetables, sliced into sections

  • 2-3 tablespoons oil

  • 1 inch piece ginger, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped

  • 3 shallots, sliced

  • Fresh chili to serve (optional)

Buyer's tip: fresh rice noodles, Chinese vegetables, rice wine and oyster sauce can all be bought at Asian Grocery stores. Chinese vegetables are Gai Larn or Chinese broccoli etc or you can use broccoli if they aren't available. Dried rice noodles can also be used but these need to be soaked in water as per the directions.

Step 1 - Marinate meat for about 20 minutes. Place your sauce ingredients in a large jug and mix to combine.

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Step 2 - In a large wok or frying pan, heat oil and gently fry rice noodles until they turn soft. When you add the noodles into the pan, gently separate the larger chunks so that there aren't any large clumps of noodles. Remove from the pan and place on the serving dish.

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Step 3 - Fry the ginger, garlic and shallots until starting to become fragrant (2 minutes or so) and then add marinated meat and fry for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the frypan and place aside in a separate bowl or plate.

Step 4 - Heat the sauce ingredients (stir the contents of the jug just before adding to the pan to ensure that the cornflour doesn't sit at the bottom) and stirring constantly for a few minutes until thickened. Then add chicken and chinese vegetables and cook for a few minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are soft.

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History

Step 5 - Ladle the meat, vegetables and sauce over the rice noodles and serve immediately.

Chicken Hor Fun Noodles & A Glimpse Into Family History