Thursday, July 21, 2011

Long beans chicken noodles

Long beans chicken noodles

Being too lazy to cook a proper dinner, I made these noodles and dumped in whatever greens, meat I can lay my hands on.   The greens happen to be long beans and the meat, chicken.

Long beans aka 'Dau Gok' in Cantonese are yardlong beans also known as bora.  This climbing vine is subtropical/tropical and widely grown in the warmer parts of South East Asia and southern China.  They're at their best when picked for consumption before they mature fully.  These beans are low in fat, are a good source of protein, vitamin A and C and also have a significant amount of iron, phosphorous, manganese and magnesium.  A major health benefit is their ability to lower cholesterol due to its high fibre content.  What are other ways to cook these long beans?

They're commonly used  for stir-fries in Chinese cuisine, cut into shorter sections to cook savoury rice,  fry them in an omelette or toss them  into your fried rice.  In Malaysian cuisine, they're often stir-fried with chillies and shrimp paste aka sambal belacan.  They are also a popular ingredient in most vegetable curries  and can double up in cooked salads aka kerabu, as well.  In short, long beans are indeed very versatile.


Long beans chicken noodles



Long beans chicken noodles



Long beans chicken noodles

This is another one-dish meal, quick and effective to whet your appetite.  Looks easy?  Here's how to do it ..............

Recipe for Long beans chicken noodles


Ingredients
  • 180 gm long beans
  • 180 gm chicken breast meat, diced
  • 4 pips garlic, chopped
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 3 pieces of  dried flat noodles
  • 1/4  tsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cornflour + 2 tsp water to thicken
Seasoning for meat
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2  tsp each of :  sugar, salt, light soya sauce and cornflour
  • A dash of pepper
Preparation
  1. Dice the chicken breast meat and marinate with the seasoning for about half an hour.  Set aside.
  2. Wash and cut up the long beans to about 3.1/2 inch lengths.
  3. Heat up a wok with some oil, shallow fry the shallots, dish out and keep aside.
  4. With the remaining oil, stir-fry the long beans for a while till they're limp, dish out and set aside.
  5. Saute the chopped garlic with some oil till fragrant, add in the marinated chicken meat, fry for a while and add in the water.  Simmer till meat is cooked.
  6. Add in the  dark soya sauce, test for taste and add in cornflour mixture to thicken.
  7. Bring to the boil a pot of water and cook the noodles.  Once cooked, dish out and put on serving plates.
  8. Mix the noodles with some sesame oil and light soya sauce to prevent them from sticking together.
  9. Ladle on the chicken  and sauce, arrange some fried long beans on top, garnish with the shallot crisps and sprinkle on a dash of pepper.
  10. Serve immediately with a chilli dip if desired.

Long beans chicken noodles

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16 comments:

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  1. Simple & delicious meal! Perfect for a rush day.
    Regards, Kristy

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  2. This is a proper dinner for me ;-)) Delish!

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  4. Angie
    Yes, good for lazy days!

    Claire
    Yes, to make it more attractive!

    Yummytummy
    Thanks, will hop over to your blog soon!

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  5. Hi Cheah! I'm late today and wish I can have a plate of your delicious noodle for dinner. Is 7 pm now :)

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  6. Ann
    Yes, do come and join me for dinner!

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  7. Love the simple and satisfying noodles!

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  8. Sounds and looks like another delicious meal to me.... love the way you cook and decorate the beans on your noodles:)

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  9. This is ultra simple and green bean I adore! Looks great!!

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  10. NOt a bad idea, cheah! that day i saw in claire's blog introducing noodles in lotus root soup from a coffee shop in old town. have you tried that?

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  11. Your quick dinner looks wonderful and sounds delicious. Long beans are not always available here, but when they are I cook up a storm. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

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  12. Jen
    I'll serve noodles when I'm too lazy to dish up 2 dishes and a soup dinner!

    Sonia
    Yes, simple and easy, that's what I like!

    Jeannie
    Thank you. The decor makes the dish attractive!

    Ananda
    Yes, super easy!

    Torviewtoronto
    Thanks for dropping by, will hop over to yours soon!

    Lena
    Haven't eaten in the shops in old town for quite some time. Not a bad idea to serve lotus soup with noodles.

    Mary
    Yes, quick and simple dinner. Have a great day!

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