Everyone's home! Is that a good thing? Yes, of course it is. The down side is that I have to cook lunch. Yes, cook lunch. Lunch has to be hot. That's how we eat in the far East where it is always hot. Why is that? We actually eat five times a day. Sometimes all of them are hot, cooked meals. We tend to eat lighter here in London and we actually don't snack.
I have cooked a hearty noodle soup for lunch. It is simply called long soup. Long soup simply means noodle soup and short soup means wonton soup. This would only qualify as snack back home and even has to be eaten with something else (like steamed filled buns).
Good, long simmered broth made from pork bones is essential for this dish. The soup alone is so satisfying already. The soup is topped with stir fried pork meat and cabbage and of course the usual spring onion sprinkles. I have added fish cakes and boiled eggs for topping. This is an easy dish and the stock can be replaced by store bought stock. You can improve the taste of store bought stocks by simmering onions, carrots, celery or whatever herbs you like.
This recipe serves 4.
300 gms. fresh egg noodles
6 cups of good pork stock
2 tbsps. cooking oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
250 gms. lean pork, sliced thinly
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tbsps. oyster sauce
1/4 cabbage, cut into strips
2 bunches of spring onions
1 fish cake or 8 fish balls
4 boiled eggs
Cook the egg noodles, then drain.
Season the pork slices with the light soy sauce and sesame oil.
Heat up a wok and add the cooking oil. Stir fry the garlic for a minute then add the pork strips. Stir fry on high heat for 3 minutes, then add the oyster sauce and cabbage. Stir fry for 2 minutes. The cabbage should still be crisp tender. Transfer to a dish and set aside. This will be the topping for the noodle soup.
To assemble, divide the cooked noodles into four individual bowls. Top with the spring onions and the fish cakes or balls. Ladle the soup on top of the noodles. Top with the cooked pork and cabbage and halved boiled eggs. Serve hot. Need I say enjoy? Of, course you would.
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