I bought some dried shrimp roe noodles (虾籽面) from my trip to Hong Kong. Shrimp roe noodles or shrimp noodles is quite popular in Hong Kong. It's a kind of cooked noodles, dried and bundled up like a biscuit (面饼). This is how it looks like:
Cooking the shrimp noodles is similar to cooking instant noodles. Bring a pot of water to boil, put in the noodle, use a pair of chopsticks to separate the strands. Once all the strands are separated, it's ready. Do not overcooked the noodles or they will not be springy. The shrimp noodles is best served in soup with wonton and vegetables. I shall prepare the wonton noodles another time.
Recipe for soy sauce chicken
(serves 3 to 4)
Ingredients2 chicken legs and 2 chicken wings (or use 1/2 a chicken)
Few slices of ginger
3 to 4 garlic (lightly crushed)
3 to 4 shallots (thickly sliced)
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp oyster sauce (蚝油）
2 tbsp light soy sauce (酱清）
2 tbsp dark soy sauce (黑酱油）
1 tbsp soy paste (酱油膏）
1 tbsp cooking wine
1 tsp sugar or rock sugar
1) Heat up a pot with a tbsp oil. Stir fry the shallots, ginger and garlic till aroma, add about 700 to 800ml water. Bring the pot of water to boil, then add in the star anise, cinnamon stick and all the seasonings. Let it boil for about 10 minutes.
2) Put the chicken into the pot of stock, bring content to boil again and let it simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Leave the chicken in the pot till it cool completely.
To prepare the noodles
3 dried noodles (you can use fresh noodles)
Some leafy vegetables (I used choy sum, 菜心）
Soy sauce gravy - from preparing the soy sauce chicken
Some sambal chili sauce (I'm a typical Singaporean, and I love my noodles spicy!)
1) Bring a pot of water to boil. Blanch the vegetables and set aside.
2) When the water starts boiling again, put in the dried noodles. Use a pair of chopsticks to separate the noodles strands. When all the strands are separated, remove the noodles and lightly toss the noodles with the soy sauce gravy and sambal chili (optional).
3) Serve the noodles with blanched vegetable and soy sauce chicken.
I will be sharing this recipe with Cuisine Paradise at her hosted event, June $20 Budget Meal - Noodles.
Estimated cost to prepare the above meal (serves 3):
Chicken* ($4.00) + Vegetables ($0.80) + Noodles ($1.80) = $6.60
* Buying a whole chicken is cheaper than buying the chicken parts separately. Use the chicken bones for soups or stocks, the chicken legs/wings for a main dish, the breast meat for stir-fry, meatballs, minced chicken fillings. "一鸡三吃" is very economical when preparing home-cooked meals.