Monday, April 26, 2010

Cantonese Pan-Fried Rice Noodle Rolls with Dried Shrimp (煎蝦米腸粉)

Ah, fried noodle rolls (煎蝦米腸粉), that brings back some sweet childhood memories when I was living in Hong Kong. I remember it was one of my older sister's favorites and she would have to get this when we went to the Chinese Dim Sum restaurant on the weekends. In China, people typically enjoy this dish during breakfast time. Since it's made from rice with simple ingredients, it's versatile and can be stuffed with any ingredient of your choice. It is a very popular street food there for everyone.

Rice noodle rolls are basically made from flat, thin rice noodle sheets. They were steamed and cooked to perfection, then turned to long rolls. I cut the rolls to shorter rolls and pan-fried them with some oil. Then, I drizzled them with a generous amount of a sweet soy-based sauce. You may season it anyway you like, some people like to add some spicy sauce to bring out the heat or some sesame/chopped peanut for a crunch.

These noodle rolls can be made from scratch, but frankly, it would be quite a big hassle to make it for a few people (note that it is only AWESOME when it is fresh). Kinda like buying ready made Italian pasta, I usually save time by buying the noodle rolls from the Chinese supermarket and cook them in my way at home!

White noodle rolls with dried shrimp (1 pack of about 12 long pieces, available in Chinese supermarket)
Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
Spring onion (1 or 2 stalks, washed and chopped to small pieces)
Sesame Seeds (enough for sprinkling)
Chopped Peanuts (optional-enough for sprinkling)
Light soy sauce (1 tablespoon)
Sugar (1 teaspoon)

Hoisin sauce (1 tablespoon)
Sesame oil (1 teaspoon)
Shiracha chilli sauce (optional)
Sesame paste (VERY TASTY option - available in Chinese supermarket)

Step 1:  Prepare the sauce. Mix sauce ingredients together. Set aside in a small bowl.

Step 2: Chop the noodles into shorter rolls. Pan fry them over medium heat with some olive oil. Noodle should get slightly brown. Add soy sauce and sugar while stirring. Do not break noodles. Cook for about 5-10 minutes.
Step 3:  Scoop noodles into a bowl. Drizzle sauce, sprinkle sesame seeds, spring onion and chopped peanuts (optional) all over. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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