Let’s discuss the schedule of events for next month. February is replete with key events, perhaps the most well-known of which are Leap Day every four years, the Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day on the 14th. But this year, February is also the month for Chinese New Year according to our Lunar Calendar.
Hence it is time to prepare the feast of many days’ worth of celebrations!
I gave an introduction to Chinese New Year on my post about Cantonese pan fried turnip cake and Eggplant pancake with chives. The meanings and traditions are upheld each year, with the biggest changes centered on the zodiac sign. 2013 is the year of the Snake, and all decorative themes will reflect this and its symbolism of intelligence and gracefulness.
In my prelude to 2013 Chinese New Year celebrations, I chose feature the silver needle noodles (銀針粉) that are popular in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. You should be able to find these noodles in any well-stocked Chinese markets. I suggest that you look in the fridge aisle, as they are usually sold fresh and not dried. They’re simple to cook, entertaining to look at, and fun to eat!
4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
500 g silver needle (rice) noodles 銀針粉
100 g carrots, grated
100 g prawns
4 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
100 g chicken meat, cooked and shredded
100 g bean sprouts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
4 tbsp water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
Few shakes of white pepper
Heat 2 tbsp of the vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat and fry 1 tsp of the chopped garlic just until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
Add the silver rice noodles and stir fry for 5-10 minutes or until soft. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Heat the remaining 2 tbsp vegetable oil in the same wok over medium heat and fry the remaining 1 tsp of garlic just until fragrant. Add the prawns, mushrooms, carrots, and chicken. Stir fry until cooked through.
Add the bean sprouts and stir fry just until warmed.
Add the silver rice noodles, salt, sesame oil, soy sauce, water, sugar, oyster sauce, and white pepper.
Stir fry until ingredients are well mixed and cooked through. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.