we saw my piano teacher a while ago and mentioned that we didn’t have a good chinese cookbook, so she gave us mrs. chiang’s szechwan cookbook as part of our wedding present. all the recipes we’ve tried have been really good. we need to get a wok though…
noodles with meat sauce (shao zi mian 紹子麵)
from mrs. chiang’s szechwan cookbook
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 scallions, cut into match head size pieces
3/4 lb. ground pork
1 lb. chinese noodles or fettucine
3.5 tbsp peanut oil
1/2 tsp ground roasted szechwan peppercorns (optional)
1 tbsp hot pepper paste
5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1. add 1 tbsp of the chopped scallions to the pork, along with 2 tbsp soy sauce, sesame oil, and szechwan peppercorns. mix thoroughly and set aside.
2. prepare the noodles according to the directions on the package. while it boils, cook the meat sauce.
3. heat wok or pan on high flame for about 15 seconds, then add the oil. when it begins to smoke, add the chopped garlic, 1 tsp of the scallions, and the hot pepper paste. stir-fry for about 5 seconds.
4. add the meat mixture to the pan and continue to stir-fry for about 1 minute. try to break the meat up into small pieces.
5. throw in the rest of the scallions and continue to stir-fry for another 30 seconds.
6. add in 3 tbsp of soy sauce, salt to taste. reduce the heat and let the meat sauce simmer for 1 minute more.
7. to serve, put noodles on individual plates and ladle meat sauce on top.
comments: this recipe tastes great and is quick and easy to make, so it’s become one of the regulars in our recipe rotation. i like to cook up a side of vegetables with it, like choi sum or bok choy, etc. the soy sauce we use is pretty salty, so in step 6, we only add 1 more tbsp of soy sauce and no salt. also, we tried using less oil, and it still tasted good. we use about 2 tbsp of canola oil. for the noodles, we used some dry wheat noodles. we can’t find szechwan peppercorns though… but it already is kinda spicy.