Monday, March 28, 2011

蛤蜊青口炒面/Clam and Mussel Fried Noodles

I actually created this Clam and Mussel Fried Noodles recipe based on a pasta dish I had at a western restaurant.  I always wanted to make this dish in Chinese cooking style and turn it into a fried noodle dish.  Today I went to a local Chinese supermarket and was able to find some live clams and mussels so I thought why not today?  I used egg noodles today but you can use any type of noodles you perfect.  The flavourful ingredients such as onion, green onion and ginger go very nicely with the subtler clams and mussels.  I also used a little bit sliced salami to create a crispy texture in the dish.  You can also use bacon as well.  This dish is very easy to make and takes about 20 minutes.


Ingredients:
(Makes 2+ servings)

  • 8 oz egg noodles
  • 6 mussels
  • 20 clams
  • 2 slices of salami (or bacon)
  • 4 green onion
  • a quarter red onion
  • 1 tbsp sliced ginger
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

For the frying sauce:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cooking wine
  • half tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp corn starch water

Directions:

  1. Cut the green onion approximately an inch and a half long.  Cut thsalami (or bacon) into small strips.  Julienne the onion.  Mix all the frying sauce in a bowl.
  2. Bring half a medium pot of water to a boil.  Blanche clams and mussels into the boiling water until they are open.  Transfer to a plate.
  3. In a medium pot, add noodles to the boiling water, and cook for 1 minute.  Transfer to a colander, rinse with cold water and drain the water.  Add 1½ tbsp olive oil to the noodles, and then mix evenly.  
  4. In a nonstick medium saucepan or a wok, heat 1½ tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add green onion, onion and ginger to cook - about 2 minutes, until the onion is tender.  Add noodles, salami and frying sauce.  Stir everything evenly, add the clams and mussels.  Mix everything evenly and make sure everything is covered with sauce.  Transfer to a serving plate.  You are finished!