by Grace Young
Beef chow fun - a popular dish in Cantonese restaurants. I was excited for making this dish, for I am a lover of all pasta; and this dish includes wide cut noodles, my favorite, though the noodles in this dish are made with rice, not with your typical wide egg noodles.
Mise en place.
Bowl 1: Ginger, garlic
Bowl 2: Flank steak, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil
Bowl 3: Fermented beans
Bowl 4: Rice noodles
Bowl 5: Bean sprouts
Bowl 6: Scallions
Bowl 7: White pepper
Bowl 8: Oyster sauce, dry sherry
My husband asked if we had this before. I replied, nope! We're having beef chow fun!
Oh, Jeff & I have that all the time. You do? Hubby tells me, when he and Jeff, a co-worker, have to grab a quick bite to eat before a class or meeting, they go up the street to the Chinese restaurant and order beef chow fun. Well, whataya know!
"... this dish is a major test for chefs in Cantonese cooking," as noted in Wikepedia.
Ha! I failed! Better keep my day job.
After tediously unrolling, I placed the noodles into a bowl and they were sticking to each other something awful. I had posted a question to the group FB page, and was told by another member to oil my hands, and work the noodles gently. It did help separate them, but they started to break apart - so I stopped, and forged on. (After I had made dinner, I found that I could have just cut the noodles as I did, and tossed them into the wok, where they would have unrolled on their own..)
Clumpy noodles or not, this was fabulous! Andy, said he actually liked the noodles this way; not to mention it's way better than what he and Jeff have on class night. So, not a total fail. :)
I will definitely be making this again, once I get a chance to find the correct style noodles.
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