Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chicken noodle - instant noodles with steamed chicken

I was quite out of food ingredients in the process of my move. Other than that, where comes the energy in me, to bounce and pounce around the kitchen after the need to clear up cabinets, drawers, wardrobes and shelves for our luggages and for the movers ?

Could only think of REALLY easy dishes to make. But you know, energy totally drained and completely zapped away usually makes one lose appetite. So this dish must be (not-too-difficult) AND (not-too-bland) to make me lose even more energy and lose even more appetite.

You can choose the so-much-effort-and-pride-put-in recipe here, or the quick-turn-around-yet-delicious recipe here, to prepare and cook the chicken. I chose the latter.

Steamed chicken noodle/Noodle with steamed chicken

Ingredients: Chicken thigh meat sliced; ginger cut into fine shreds; scallions/spring onions jullienned on the bias, some crushed ginger; red/yellow peppers

Marinade: oyster sauce, cornflour, sesame oil

1.Marinate chicken for 30 mins
2.Lay the chicken slices on a plate, sprinkle ginger and scallions on top of chicken, add in the additional crushed ginger and put it to steam for about 15-20mins (or until the chicken is cooked)
3. Dish the steamed chicken (with its gravy) over cooked instant noodles (like me...no time...so need to be instant) or cooked rice (when you have more time), and toss the noodles well to let them soak the gravy.
4. Serve with any vegetables of your choice.

For detailed quantity of ingredients and marinade, you can refer to this steamed chicken recipe.

No worries. This is another surprise though the name steamed chicken noodle itself may sound so-military, so-bland, and so-unappetizing. Remember...when you steam the marinated chicken with ginger and scallions, you get natural sweetness from the chicken mixing with the marinate seasonings and ginger+scallions. The result is...AWESOME, though nothing fanciful. That chicken clear gravy will line each previously-tasteless noodle strand with moist, and flavor. I wonder if this sounds easy to you but all I had to do was to marinate, assemble the chicken to let it steam; cook the noodles; finally toss them together and I said...PRESTO!

There will be more PRESTO dishes coming up in Presto Pasta Night. Check them out in the round-up and have a MERRY PRESTO CHRISTMAS! :D

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