Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rancid Recipes #2: Shanghai Fried Noodles with Chicken Stir Fry; Egg Drop Soup; Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls

Song Title: Arrested In Shanghai
Album: Indestructible (2003)
Lyrics: "In my cell there is no sky, when I was arrested in Shanghai"

Good mellow song.  Cursed with an overactive imagination, I end up thinking of horrifying images of what prison in Shanghai might be like.  Makes me think of the movie "Midnight Express". Chilling.  But back to the food!  I haven't had a lot of experience with making Chinese food, only a few different dishes over the last few years.  I came up with a few recipes tonight and wasn't feeling so confident about how it was turning out.  However, I'm glad to say that the dinner was a delicious success - fantastic Chinese food without a delivery fee! -jen

  • 2-3 medium sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, divided (1/4 cup, 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped + 1 cup green onion, sliced in 1" strips
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons minced garlic, divided (2 tbsp, 2 tbsp, 1 tbsp)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger, divided (1 tsp, 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
  • 8-oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided (1-1/2 cup, 1/2)
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • pan-fried noodles (see recipe below)
Cut raw chicken breasts into thin slices.  In a Ziplock bag, combine sliced chicken, 1/4 cup soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, 1/4 cup chopped green onions, cilantro, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, and chili paste.  Refrigerate and let marinade for at least an hour.   

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or wok on high heat.  Stir-fry chicken in two or three batches, adding oil for each batch as needed (remember to give the oil a minute to get hot in between batches.)  Set chicken aside.  Add 2 tablespoons of oil and in small batches, stir-fry broccoli, carrot, cabbage, mushrooms, and bean sprouts, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, and 1/4 cup of the remaining soy sauce, setting cooked veggies aside in a bowl after each batch.  When final batch is finished, toss with the chopped basil.  

In the hot skillet, add 1 tablespoon minced garlic and 1-1/2 cups of the chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Combine the remaining 1/2 cup broth and corn starch in a small dish.  Mix until smooth.  When the broth comes to a boil, add the corn starch mix, and whisk until the liquid returns to a boil.  Broth should begin to thicken into a gravy.  Once gravy has begun boiling again, quickly add chicken and vegetables.  Cook for a couple more minutes until chicken is rewarmed and remove from heat.

Serve over pan-fried noodles.

  • 1/2 pound Shanghai noodles or Chinese egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • olive oil
Cook noodles until al dente.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water and let drain again.  Toss with sesame oil.  Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add 1/4 of the noodles to the pan, spreading out to the edge of the pan.  Cook on high for 5-8 minutes - do not stir!  When noodle-patty is golden brown, carefully flip the patty and cook the other side until golden brown.  Repeat three more times to make a total of 4 patties.

This was my first attempt at flipping a noodle patty without using a spatula... I wouldn't recommend it unless you know what you're doing... and I didn't.  But I've flipped a lot of crepes this way.  I didn't do too bad for my first noodle flip.

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste
  • 3-4 cranks of fresh black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup bay shrimp (tiny shrimp)
  • 2-3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg white, beaten
 In a large bowl, mix pork, carrot, cabbage, bean sprouts, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chili paste, and black pepper.  Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add pork mixture and cook until pork is cooked through.  Add shrimp and cilantro, toss, and remove from heat.  Let cool.  Lay egg roll wrapper out with a corner pointed at you.  Add 3 tablespoons of meat mixture about 1/3 of the way up from the corner pointed at you.  Brush a little egg white on the top two edges of the wrapper.  Roll the lower corner over the filling and roll tightly until the halfway point.  Tuck the left and right sides in and continue wrapping until the top egg-washed sides seal the wrapper.

Heat oil in deep fryer or large pan to 350 degrees.  Deep fry 3-4 egg rolls at a time for 5-7 minutes, until golden brown.  Turn egg rolls half-way through to cook evenly.

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
In a 3 quart pan, heat sesame oil on medium heat.  Add garlic and ginger and let them sweat for 2-3 minutes.  Set 1 cup of the chicken broth aside and add the remainder of the chicken broth, as well as the soy sauce, to the ginger and garlic.  Bring to a boil.  In a separate bowl, mix the corn starch and 1 cup of chicken broth until smooth.  In a different bowl, whisk two eggs (like you were making scrambled eggs) and set aside.  When the broth has come to a boil, whisk in corn starch mixture and continue whisking until it comes back to a boil.  When it has begun boiling again, slowly drizzle in the eggs, breaking them up in the soup with a fork as you drizzle.  Remove from heat and serve topped with a few green onions as garnish.


  1. I wish I could have eaten dinner at your house last night!

  2. I like noodles however they can take can take a lot of time to cook as preparation is quite extensive. Thanks for sharing your recipe.