Pan Fried Chicken on Crispy Noodles By Ken Hom
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Pan Fried Chicken on Crispy Noodles By Ken Hom

Serves 4
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“This noodle dish is a great favourite of many dim-sum diners in Hong Kong and Canton. In fact, I love it so much I tend to order it whenever I can. Pan-fried so that thin, crispy fresh egg noodles are browned on both sides, and then served with a shredded chicken sauce, it makes a wonderful finale to any dim sum meal. As with noodles in general, this dish is enjoyable anytime and one can see people eating it throughout the day, not just after dim-sum.

It combines the crispy texture of the noodles with the softness and blandness of the chicken breasts. In this recipe the chicken is velveted, that is, coated with egg white and cornflour, to keep the meat moist and tender. The result is a comfort dish elevated to a simple culinary delight.” – Ken Hom


225g boneless chicken breasts, skinned and finely sliced
225g  dry Chinese thin egg noodles
3 Tbsp  groundnut or vegetable oil (for pan-frying the noodle)
2 Tbsp  groundnut or vegetable oil (for pan-frying the chicken)
175g  fresh bean sprouts
1 Tbsp  cornflour mixed with 1½ tablespoons water


egg white
2 tsp  cornflour
1 tsp  salt
½ tsp  freshly ground white pepper

Sauce Mix

2 Tbsp  Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
300ml chicken stock
1 tsp  salt
½ tsp  freshly ground black pepper


3 Tbsp spring onions, finely sliced for garnish


1 Combine the chicken and marinade in a small bowl. Mix well, cover and leave in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
2 Blanch the noodles according to the packet instructions.
3 Heat 1½ tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan, then cover the pan with the cooked noodles evenly. Lower the heat and allow the noodles to crisp gradually. This should take about 5-8 minutes.
4 When the noodles turn crisp, gently flip them over and crisp the other side, adding more oil if needed. When both sides are crisped, remove the noodles from the pan.
5 Heat oil in a wok until it gets very hot, remove the wok from the heat, quickly add the chicken strips and keep stirring for about 2 minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the wok. When the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken from the wok.
6 Clean the wok and reheat it over high heat. Now add the bean sprouts and sauce mix. Bring the mixture to boil, then add the cornflour mixture and turn down the heat to simmer.
7 Add the chicken, mix well, then serve this on the noodles and garnish.
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