Today is my father’s birthday. I cooked this Korean fried noodles for him but he couldn’t taste it because he is thousands of miles away. We have this traditional way of serving noodles or “pancit” to someone’s birthday because noodles represents a wish for the celebrant’s long life.
“Happy birthday pa, I love you!”
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 chopped onions
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 150 g raw prawn meat
- 200 g pork (sirloin cut)
- 2 tsp finely chopped red chillies
- 150 g fresh firm tofu, cut into small cubes
- 100 g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp shoshoyu
- 2 tsp sugar
- 300 g wheat noodles
1. Combine the oils in a small bowl. Heat the oil mixture in a wok or large heavy based frying pan, over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, prawn meat and pork. Add the chillies. Stir for another 10 minutes; remove mixture from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan, add the vegetables and stir fry for 3 minutes or until just crisp.
2. Add the water, shoshoyu, sugar and noodles to the pan. Toss gently to separate and coat the noodles in liquid. Cover and steam for 5 minutes; toss well. Add the prawn mixture and tofu and toss for 3 minutes over medium heat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.