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Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles

Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles

A spin on the classic Chinese Chow Mein, this desi-style Chow Mein is jam-packed with bold flavours and has just the right amount of heat our Pakistani tastebuds love.

Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles

In Pakistan, we have our own version of Chinese food, which is usually a tad bit spicy. My recipe is a take on those street-style Hakka noodles which we all have grown to love. We stir fry some quick cooking noodles along with crunchy vegetables, chunks of chicken and finally toss everything in a spicy Asian sauce. This Pakistani Chow Mein is the ultimate pick-me-up, energy booster for me. I can devour a whole pan of this in one go, seriously! 

Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles

Like with all Chinese dishes, it's best if your prepare everything before your start cooking. Chop up the vegetables, slice the chicken, prepare the sauce, have a pot of water boiling etc. Once you are frying everything happens so quickly that either you'll end up with mushy vegetables or overcooked chicken. Now let's head over to this over-the-top delicious, desi-style Chow Mein.

Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles


Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles
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A spin on the classic Chinese Chow Mein, this desi-style Chow Mein is jam-packed with bold flavours and has just the right amount of heat our Pakistani tastebuds love.

ingredients:

  • 200g noodles 
  • 200g boneless chicken (sliced) 
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed) 
  • 1 green bell pepper (sliced) 
  • 2 carrots (sliced) 
  • 1 red onion (sliced) 
  • 3 spring onion (green part only, sliced) 
  • 1 green chili (deseeded & sliced) 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper 
  • oil - as required
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce 
  • 1 tbsp vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp sriracha/chili sauce 
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce 
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce 
  • 1/4 chicken cube 
  • 1/2 tsp grounded black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes 
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

instructions:

How to cook Desi Chow Mein aka Hakka Noodles

  1. In a pan heat a tablespoon of oil. Add the carrot, bell pepper and red onion. Sprinkle a dash of salt and black pepper. Stir fry for 3-4 mins only. Do not over cook the veggies. In the end mix the green chili and keep aside these veggies. 
  2. Start boiling the noodles according to package instructions. 
  3. In the same pan add more oil. Saute the crushed garlic and then add the chicken. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp white pepper. Fry on medium high heat until cooked then pour in the all the sauce ingredients. 
  4. Simmer the sauce for a minute. Drain the noodles, don't run water through them. Immediately add to the pan and toss well. Taste for salt at this point and add some if needed. Add the spring onions and mix. 
  5. Take out on a serving plate, sprinkle some sesame seeds and serve.

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1 comment

  1. That looks very yummy! I will add this to my post diet recipes. Plus beautiful pictures as usual. ❤️

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