I love Chinese food since childhood.
Of course, back then the choice would basically fall on egg-fried rice, fried noodles, spring rolls and apples in caramel. Today I’m more demanding and I assume you, too.
Chinese cuisine is amazing, like any other cuisine – you can always find something interesting, unusual and something to learn from the other national cooking traditions. What I especially like about Chinese cuisine is the abundance of seasonings and their wok dishes (special thin frying pan), the ingredients in it are fried very quickly, constantly tossed and thus not completely cooked. Wok ingredients remain crispy and retain more healthy properties than, say, boiled or deep fried.
Since we are talking about healthy recipes here, then we will be cooking our fresh ingredients with a minimum amount of oil.
Today we have noodles in the menu!
I guess you’ve tried “glass” transparent noodles already. However, they always have a different composition (depending on the manufacturer). I managed to find the noodles which are made only of green beans, peas and water, and contain just 330 kcal per 100 grams. I advise you to check the ingredients since I came across noodles which were made with different starches, flours and other unnecessary additives.
Glass noodles don’t require any cooking. All you need is to place them in a bowl with boiling water for 3 minutes and they’re ready. You might have seen a lot of glass noodles salads in the shops and menus of Asian cuisine restaurants, but honestly, I don’t like those. Transparent noodles are often served cold (with lots of oil and sweet sauces). However, I prefer them hot.
Glass noodles have their own special taste, you need to get used to it, or love it from the first try (my story). They are perfect with sesame oil, soy sauce and vegetables. Today we will cook it with carrots, bell peppers and celery. And, of course, as for most of Chinese dishes, we’ll use garlic and ginger. If you don’t mind, I’ll also recommend adding chili. And be sure to decorate the dish with cilantro, it’s an essential component of Chinese cuisine!
Which glass noodles do you, guys, buy, and where?