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Chinese Stir Fry Noodles {Quick Easy Creative Way}

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Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles

Stir Fry Noodles Chinese style is a quick, easy, tasty, and healthy meal you can whip out quickly for lunch or dinner as long as you have few essential elements on hand.

What are the few essential elements for Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles?

1. Cooked noodles

Homemade egg noodles or plain noodles are wonderful. You can also use dried egg noodles or pasta.

2. Braised Meat or Poultry Fat or Sesame Oil

Pork fat & juice combo from cooking Red Braised Pork Belly is an excellent option.

red braised pork belly
Red Braised Pork Belly

Duck fat & gelatin combo from cooking Red Braised Duck with Fermented Bean Paste also works out fantastically.

Red Braised duck with Bean Paste
Red Braised Duck with Fermented Bean Paste (酱鸭)

Don’t worry if you have none, sesame oil works magically to give a rich, enticing flavor besides its health benefits.

I frequently use sesame oil for mixing blanched vegetables, including this appetizing Sea Kelp Salad.

3. Flavorful herbs or vegetables

Green onions, cilantro, or chives all work out great. You only need one of these three options. Cut them into bite-size.

Flavorful Herbs Vegetables
Flavorful Herbs Vegetables

4. Optional additional vegetables

Celery wonderfully complements either three of the flavoring vegetables or herbs. Leafy vegetable Kale is a brilliant choice as well.

Kale for Chinese Stir Fry Noodles
Kale for Chinese Stir Fry Noodles

Watercress makes another wonderful choice. Both kale and watercress are super nutritious too.

Watercress for Chinese Stir Fry Noodles
Watercress for Chinese Stir Fry Noodles

5. Regular soy sauce and light soy sauce

Regular soy sauce or Jiang You (酱油) is traditionally brewed and aged soy sauce. You may use dark soy sauce as a substitute for regular soy sauce. Light soy sauce is extracted from the soy sauce brewing process as early as a month, they have a lighter color and saltier taste.

Together, they play a key role in formulating the flavor and the color of Chinese style stir-fry.

Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles
Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles

How to Make a Quick Easy Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles?

Step One is to prepare the noodles

If you just freshly cooked your noodles, go to Step Two directly.

If you have previously cooked homemade egg noodles or plain noodles or other types of noodles or pasta stored either in refrigerator or freezer, let’s refresh and moist them first.

Fill a saucepan or stockpot with water, bring it to a boil and then add the previously cooked noodles into boiling water and quickly stir to separate them.

As soon as noodles are separated and softened, remove the noodles from the boiling water using a spider skimmer. This usually takes less than 30 seconds, especially if you use a bigger stockpot. Do not let the noodles bathing in the water for too long, as noodles will get mushy and lose the desirable texture.

Noodles need to be moist to make a tasty stir fry noodles.

Step Two is to stir-fry noodles with vegetables using fat (oil)

Method 1: Use duck fat and gelatin combo from making Braised Duck

This makes the easiest stir fry noodle as it already contains everything – fat, soy sauce, flavor and color. All you need is to add 2 tablespoons of duck fat & gelatin combo and then stir fry together with prepped noodles or pasta along with one of the flavoring vegetables or herbs.

Chinese Stir Fry Noodles Using Duck Juice from Cooking Braised Duck
Chinese Stir Fry Noodles Using Fat & Gelatin Combo from Cooking Braised Duck

Method 2: Use Pork fat from cooking Red Braised Pork Belly

It is a super delicious choice. Add pork fat, prepped noodles, flavoring vegetables, and optional additional vegetables into a fry-pan, mix and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes.

Use Braised Pork Belly Fat for Chinese Stir Fry Noodles
Braised Pork Belly Fat for Chinese Stir Fry Noodles

Add soy sauce to flavor and color the noodles. Soy sauce acts as both salt and a flavoring condiment. If you ask me, a touch of soy sauce makes everything tastes better. LOL. However, over-doing it is not good either.

Adding Soy Sauce to Chinese Stir Fry Noodles
Adding Soy Sauce to Chinese Stir Fry Noodles

I usually throw in some additional vegetables such as celery.

Adding Additional Vegetables to Chinese Stir Fry Noodles
Adding Additional Vegetables to Chinese Stir Fry Noodles

Method 3: Use cooking oil and sesame oil combo

This is similar to Method 2, substitute pork fat with canola or avocado oil. In the end, drizzle sesame oil over the stir fry noodles and mix.

Since we are adding additional sesame oil in the end, consider using slightly less oil for stir fry.

Optional Step Three is to mix or add a protein topping

Check out possible “Protein Toppings” here.

For most cooked meat or seafood protein, you can either cut them into bite-size and stir fry together with noodles, or simply add as an topping.

chow mein with ribs
Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles with Grilled Ribs as a Protein Topping

Stir Fry Noodles Cooking Tips:

It is hugely helpful if you use a quality non-stick fry-pan that can withstand heat. This makes crispy noodles with a favorable firm bite, without noodles being stuck to the pan.

Check out this Ultimate Chow Mein if you’d like to know more about Chow Mein, including history, fun facts, and how to cook like a pro.

Chinese Stir Fry Noodle

Chinese Stir Fry Noodles {Quick Easy Creative Way} Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Stir Fry Noodles Chinese style is a quick, easy, tasty, and healthy meal you can whip out quickly for lunch or dinner as long as you have few essential elements on hand.

Ingredients

Method 1 - Use Cooked Pork Fat

  • 4 cups of cooked noodles, see notes
  • 2 stalks of green onions, see notes
  • 2 stalks of celery, optional, see notes
  • 2 tbsp cooked pork fat, preferably from cooking Red Braised Pork Belly
  • 1 tbsp regular soy sauce, see notes
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce, see notes

Method 2 - Use Braised Duck Fat & Gelatin Combo

  • 4 cups of cooked noodles
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 2 stalks of celery, optional,

Method 3 - Use Cooking Oil Plus Sesame Oil

  • 4 cups of cooked noodles
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 2 stalks of celery, optional
  • 1.5 tbsp avocado oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp regular soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

Prep the herbs and vegetables:

Wash and cut the green onions and celery with a 30-degree angle into long strips bite-size.

Prep the Noodles:

If you just freshly cooked the noodles, go to next step directly.

If you have previously cooked noodles or pasta stored in either the freezer or refrigerator, do the following:

  1. Fill a saucepan or stockpot with water, turn the heat to medium-high, and bring the water to a boil
  2. Add noodles into the boiling water, quickly stir to separate them, about 30 seconds
  3. Turn off the heat, remove the noodles from the water using a skimmer, and place them onto a non-stick fry-pan

Stir-Fry Noodles with Herbs & Vegetables :

  1. Turn the heat to medium-high, heat the non-stick fry-pan for 2 minutes, and then add the red braised pork belly fat (or braised duck fat or cooking oil), prepped noodles, green onions and optional additional vegetables. Mix and stir for about 2 -3 minutes
  2. Drizzle soy sauce over the noodle, and mix and stir-fry for another 1 minute. Skip this if you are using duck fat from cooking braised duck.
  3. Turn off the heat, drizzle sesame oil and mix. Skip this if you are either using pork fat or duck fat.

Step 3 - Add optional protein items

Notes

  • Noodle options - homemade egg noodles, homemade plain noodles, dried egg noodles or dried pasta
  • You can either use green onions, cilantro or chives as flavoring herb choice.
  • Besides celery, green leafy vegetables such as kale or watercress work well too. I usually use celery plus one green leafy together if I have both on hand.
  • Regular soy sauce or Jiang You (酱油) is traditionally brewed and aged soy sauce. You may use dark soy sauce as substitute for regular soy sauce. Light soy sauce is extracted from the soy sauce brewing process as early as a month, they have lighter color and saltier taste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 599Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 903mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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