Chinese food remains one of the favourite eat-out options in India. An all time favourite dish to order in Chinese restaurants in India is the ‘Hakka noodles’. Versions differ from restaurant to restaurant but we are talking of stir fried noodles similar to the Malaysian & Singaporean Chinese Hokkien Mee here.
Apart from being delicious Hakka noodles is fairly easy to make at home and even a novice, lazy guy can manage it. It’s a one dish meal which is so full flavoured that you can have it straight off the wok and doesn’t need a side dish. Beats ordering in too as this way your dish will be nice and hot this way when you sit down to eat.
This recipe includes cold cuts that cut down your cooking time even further. You could use bacon which adds a bewitching flavour to the dish. Or sausages which add a chunky meatiness to it. The locally available sausages are different from the sweet Chinese sausages but go well with noodles. Or you could try ham. Pork is of course the best though you now get chicken cold cuts too. Makes sense to keep these stocked in the fridge so all you have to do is reach in, take out the meat of your fancy out and start cooking.
Try the Hakka noodles here and don’t be surprised if it becomes your comfort food and a companion through these monsoon evenings that trap you at home.
Recipe for 2
Master this dish and impress every single person that visits you for dinner.
Article and photos by – Kalyan Karmakar
Kalyan Karmakar will travel to any lengths for a good meal starting with his own kitchen. He is a consumer insights and social media specialist. He documents his food and travel stories in his blog www.finelychopped.net He considers it his life’s mission to give men the confidence to cook so that they don’t have to depend on anyone else to eat well. He lives in Mumbai.
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