A typical Cantonese meal which has a strong seafood flavour. Fish balls can be bought ready-made in Chinese supermarkets, or you can make your own (see below). Chow Mein, served with a meaty sauce, makes a good filling accompaniment to any meal. Menu servers 4.
1. Chow Mein (Fried Noodles) ()
450 g (1 lb) egg noodles
275 g (10 oz) pork fillet, shredded
2 teaspoons cornflour
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
100 g (4 oz) canned bamboo shoots, drained and shredded
1/2 cucumber, shredded
100 g (4 oz) spinach leaves, shredded
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese wine or dry sherry
1 teasp[oon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: about 12 minutes
2. Toss the shredded pork with the cornflour.
3. Heat about half the oil in a wok or frying pan. Place the noodles in a large bowl, tossing with a fork to separate them, then pour over the hot oil. Stir to ensure that the noodles are evenly coated. Return the noodles to the wok and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. remove the noodles with a slotted spoon and place on a serving dish.
4. Heat the remaining oil in the wok and quickly stir-fry the prok, bamboo shoots, cucumber and spinach for 3 minutes. Mix together the sauce ingredients and pour into the wok. Cook for about 2 minutes, then pour the mixture over the noodles, sprinkle with sesame oil and serve.
2. Fish Balls with Vegetable Soup ()
600 ml (1 pint) chicken stock or water
100 g (4 oz) ready-made fish balls
50 g (2 oz) mushrooms, thinly sliced
50 g (2 oz) cooked ham, thinly sliced
50 g (2 oz) canned bamboo shoots, drained and thinly sliced
chopped coriander, to garnish
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
2. Sprinkle with coriander just before serving.
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