Saturday, April 20, 2013

Daily noodles: authentic Chinese sesame oil chicken noodles (recipe)

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Sesame oil chicken noodles
I prepared an incredibly simple but delicious Chinese noodle dish. The one thing you have to keep in mind when you prepare these noodles yourself: use a good quality (preferably organic) chicken. This is necessary to obtain a good and rich yellowish soup, instead of the watery almost milky soup you will get when you use cheap chicken.

Background

Dried angelica root
This dish is traditionally served to women after giving child birth. Sesame is thought to nourish the blood, it aids the production of bodily fluids and stimulates milk production. Of course there are other health advantages associated with the use of sesame, such as shiny hair, reduction of anemia, dizziness, hypertension and general weakness for example.
Wolfberries
Also ginger contributes to a good health, especially after child bearing as it can guard against blood clots, preventing thrombosis. Of course ginger is associated with stomach benefits as well.

Sometimes dang kuei or wolfberries (guo qi zi) are added to the dish as well. Dang kuei, also known as angelica root, is primarily used as a uterine tonic in women, again explaining its use in this dish. But angelica root is also a good medicine against hypertension.
The wolfberries sometimes added to this dish are used as well to enhance blood quality.

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Sesame oil chicken noodles
It's clear for which reason this dish is served to pregnant women: it strengthens the body and improves blood quality. No worries if you are not pregnant, this dish tastes excellent to women, as well as to men, at every moment in life!

Soup base


A rich chicken stock prepared from chicken bones, slices of ginger, rice wine, sugar and sometimes dang-kuei (angelica root). A good amount of sesame oil is added to the soup, to which this Chinese dish owes its name.

Noodles


The noodles served are very thin wheat noodles. It's best to use somen or misua. In Europe and the US you can also buy somen in almost every Asian supermarket. Some also sell misua.

Below you can find a recipe with angelica root, known as dang kuei, added to the soup base as well, because it gives this special deep aroma you definitely have to try. If you don't like the taste of angelica root, leave it out and just use ginger.

Recipe (2 servings)

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 Dried angelica root

List of ingredients

150 g somen or misua
225 boned chicken in pieces
5 thin slices fresh ginger root
235 ml rice wine
1/4 inch dang kuei (angelica root)
1/4 tsp Chinese rock sugar
100 ml dark  (Chinese) sesame oil
* you can also add about 10 additional wolfberries (guo qi zi) to the soup for health and additional sweetness

Method of preparation

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Chinese sesame oil chicken noodles
Heat two tablespoons of  cooking oil in a wok, add chicken and stir dry until it starts to color. Add rice wine, ginger, sugar and dang kuei, immediately followed by one liter of water. Add 100 ml sesame oil and let  the soup simmer for one-two hours. Remove dang kuei.
Bring a large pan of water to boil. Cook somen or misua, which will just take a few seconds. Remove the noodles from the water and divide over bowls and add the soup and chicken to the noodles. 


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