Hong Kong Fried Noodles – Revisited

January 9, 2012 § 10 Comments

For New Year’s Day, I decided to make Hong Kong style fried noodles with seafood. The original post with the recipe can be found here. I’ve updated the recipe since that first time and I think the sauce is much better now. As with most stir-fry recipes, you can add just about any kind of protein and vegetables to this dish. I typically like to have at least shrimp and squid in this. But it’s great with  pork, beef, chicken, fish, even tofu.

I did a couple of things different this time. I blanched the noodles a few hours ahead and them laid out two (very large) servings on a baking sheet to dry out the noodles. I thought this might help with the frying of the noodles and although the noodles didn’t fry any faster, it did make the noodles more crunchy throughout.  The previous method left some of the noodles in the middle softer. So depending on whether you like crunchy noodles like I do or a mixture of soft and crunchy, pick the method to your liking.. Here are the fried noodle cakes resting. BTW, the majority of the pictures in this post was taken by the Mister. I was kind of up to my ears in prep so I asked him to be my photographer and just take pictures as he saw fit.

I decided to use some shrimp and baby squid this time, about a pound of shrimp (shelled and deveined) and about half a pound of baby squid, already cleaned. I had both seafood marinading together but in hindsight I should have done these two separately since the shrimp was so large, it took longer for them to cook through. I removed the squid from the wok as it cooked but was kind of a pain in the ass. Would have been much easier if I had thought it through in the beginning.

I also bought a humungo lobster from 99 Ranch (that sucker was 4.5 lbs), which I steamed ahead of time, which took about 30 minutes to steam. That big boy was going to be 2 meals! Here’s the size of the lobster tail, about 1 lb of meat. I saved that for our meal the next night. The meat in the bowl was all claw meat.

For the fried noodles, I used only claw meat. Here’s an action shot of the chaos of removing lobster meat. Most of the lobster shell is in the freezer for when I need to make some lobster stock.

I doubled the sauce ingredients on this one since I was doing 2 noodle cakes. Since I was going through all the trouble of de-meating the lobster, I wanted to make sure I had leftovers. Other things I had in this version were bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. I had sliced sweet onions but completely forgot to add those but we didn’t miss them.  Here’s the only shot I took, my plate. Yum!

This would have easily fed 4 hungry people but the leftovers made 2 delicious lunches for me! Dang, now I want some more…

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§ 10 Responses to Hong Kong Fried Noodles – Revisited

  • Mary says:

    Mmm, that looks so tasty! I like all of the seafood you’ve added in there.

    • CAB says:

      Hi Mary! This was so good and I love the addition of lobster meat and squid. Probably wouldn’t add lobster on a regular basis but squid is easy and I love that.

  • Mike says:

    Great array of seafood! I’ve loved crispy fried noodles ever since I first had them as a kid in a “bird’s nest” dish at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

    • CAB says:

      Thanks Mike! I wish I’d taken a picture of the brand of fresh noodles I used since it was one of the better ones I’ve tried. I’ll try to remember it next time and update this post.

  • wow, what a great meal!

    “de-meating”! new word!

  • Kirbie says:

    The lobster is huge! Over the holidays my mom bought some frozen lobster tails on sale and made lobster lo-mein. It tasted much like the ones I get at the restaurant. I need to get the recipe from her so I can try it myself. I still haven’t tried making Hong Kong fried noodles, but I love eating them!

    • CAB says:

      Hi Kirbie! Yeah, that lobster was a monster to cook. I had to pull out the huge pot for that one. I also got a few of the frozen lobster tails too but although their still good, nothing tastes quite like a fresh lobster. I would love to read about your mom’s lo-mein recipe.

  • Alyssa says:

    All that effort definitely looks worth it! I love crispy noodle dishes and they’re especially important on New Year’s Day! My Oma makes a dish very similar to this but adds her special ingredient: hot dogs!

    • CAB says:

      Hi Alyssa and Happy New Year! Hot Dogs! I would have never thought of putting hot dogs into crispy noodles. I’ve put hot dogs into other kind of noodle dishes so why not?

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