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Yang Chun Noodles {阳春面 Easy Authentic Way}

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Yang Chun Noodle {Easy Authentic Way}

Yang Chun Noodle Soup {阳春面}, native to the Yangtze River Delta area in China, looks rather simple, just noodles with some garlic leave bits in the soy sauce juice. However, it is full of flavor. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” is perfect to describe this classic Huai Yang style Yang Chun noodle soup.

Yang Chun Noodles is a popular and comforting breakfast or lunch item in China. A bowl of steaming, flavorful noodle soup is extremely satisfying to keep the day going.

How to make Yang Chun Noodles Quick, Easy, and Perfect at home?

First is to prepare cooked pork fat in advance

prep yang chun noodle soup

The pork fat left behind “Red Braised Pork Belly” is perfect for Yang Chun noodles. All those concentrated flavors from cooking red braised pork belly are infused in the fat & juice combination left behind in the wok. Remember to save them. They are excellent for Chow Mein or Chinese Style Stir Fry Noodles too.

The difference between Aged soy sauce and light soy sauce is that aged soy sauce offers a dark color, and light soy sauce is more flavorful and also saltier.

A pinch of sugar simply transforms the soup into a tasty sweet soy soup.

Yang Chun Noodle requires a special noodle

Yang Chun Noodle Soup uses noodles that have a firm bite and springy texture. As a result, they taste extremely refreshing.

Homemade egg noodles or noodles belong to this category. By the way, they are completely the opposite of hand-pulled noodles.

Hand-pulled noodles use the soft and stretchy dough, which means people have fully activated gluten in the dough. Yang Chun noodle uses stiff dough, a dough that avoids gluten activation as much as possible, in order to create a firm bite and springy texture effect.

If you are not in a position to make homemade noodles, try this egg noodle or this dried Yang Chun noodle. They shall get the job done.

Young garlic leaves or green onions is a must-have highlight

Home Grown Garlic Leaves for Yang Chun Noodles
Home Grown Garlic Leaves for Yang Chun Noodles

Garlic leaves provide a sharp spice flavor and crunching textures to complement the sweet soy flavor in the soup. It is absolutely the highlight of this authentic noodle soup.

It is pretty easy to grow some garlic leaves in water using garlic bulbs. I keep this garlic leaves bowl going so I have an ongoing supply just for Yang Chun noodle soup. LOL.

Please do not sweat if you don’t have garlic leaves. Green onions are a wonderful substitute. This is especially true if you have access to oriental or Chinese green onions. Chinese green onions are slender with a stronger flavor and aroma.

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Yang Chun Noodle {Easy Authentic Way}

Yang Chun Noodles {阳春面 Easy Authentic Way} Recipe

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" is perfect to describe this classic Huai Yang style Yang Chun noodle soup. It is popular as a breakfast item in China's Yangtze River Delta area.

Ingredients

For each bowl of Yang Chun noodle soup:

  • 1 tbsp cooked pork fat, preferably from cooking "Red Braised Pork Belly"
  • 1 tbsp natural soy sauce, or dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 stem of green garlic leave, chopped. See notes.
  • 1 1/2 cup of boiling water, see notes
  • 2 cups of cooked noodles

Instructions

  1. Cook the noodle and set aside. See notes for what noodles are optimal.
  2. Cut the garlic leaves into small bits
  3. Boil a kettle of water
  4. Prepare noodle soup bowls. Add the following to each bowl - 1 tbsp cooked pork fat, 1 tbsp aged (dark) soy sauce, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/4 tsp organic raw cane sugar, and one stem of chopped garlic leaves
  5. Once the water is boiling, add 1 1/2 cup of boiling water into each bowl, gently stir, and mix. Pork fat shall melt away.
  6. Add noodles into the bowl, gently stir and mix and serve immediately

Notes

  • Pork fat/juice from cooking the "Red Braised Pork Belly" is ideal for Yang Chun noodles. If not, you can pan-fry pork fat for cooked pork fat.
  • Noodles that have a firm bite refreshing taste are ideal for Yang Chuan Noodle. Homemade spaghetti-shaped egg noodle or noodle works great. When seeking store-bought dried noodles, look for something that indicates suitable for Yang Chun noodles. I found these dried egg noodles or dried Yang Chun noodles shall get the job done.
  • You may substitute green garlic leaves with green onions. If you have a choice of getting Chinese/oriental green onions, they look slender, do get those as they offer more flavor and aroma.
  • If you have just cooked the noodles, you can use the boiling water from cooking the noodles to add to the noodle soup.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 serving Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 901Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 2120mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 45g

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

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Shirley DTerry December 5, 2020 - 7:53 pm

Thank you for your kind words. I’ll keep posting more. :)

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