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This is a deceptively easy and incredibly tasty dish that I got from a friend. Its simplicity makes it a perfect meal for mid week; but it’s equally impressive for casual entertaining. Don’t be put off by what appears to be a long list of ingredients – it can be easily prepared and on the table in 10-15 minutes. Indonesian sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis) is essential to this recipe and should not be substituted by regular soy sauce. This is for 2 generous serves, but quantities can be easily doubled - or even quadrupled!
- 100 g minced chicken
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 200 g udon noodles (fresh or dried rice noodles are suitable alternatives)
- 2 fresh garlic cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
- 20 ml fish sauce
- 20 ml indonesian sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis)
- 10 ml soy sauce
- 60 ml water
- 2 medium sized tomatoes (diced)
- 2 kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped or shredded -increase or decrease to taste)
- unsalted cashews
- 1⁄4 cup basil leaves
- 1 cup coriander leaves (to taste) (optional)
- fried shallot (to taste) (optional)
- crushed peanuts (to taste) (optional)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄3 cup milk
- fresh basil (chives also suitable) or coriander (chives also suitable)
- If using dry noodles or udon noodles– soak in water to soften.
- If cooking omelette; • Whisk together egg and milk. Mix in chives or other herbs. •Heat oil in wok, add omelette mixture and cook until slightly crisp on both sides. • When the omelette is cooked, remove from the pan. • Chop the omelette into thin slices and then into small pieces. Set aside.
- Heat oil in wok and stir fry garlic and chilli powder for 2 minutes [note: this can smoke so put on range hood fan and/or reduce cooking time if desired].
- Add minced chicken and stir fry until browned.
- Add fish, soy and sweet soy sauces –stir through.
- Add lime leaves and tomato – stir through and cook 1 minute further.
- Add noodles – stir until noodles are soft and combined with all other ingredients.
- Add water as needed to increase liquid volume.
- Add the omelette pieces - stir through.
- Stir through basil leaves.
- Stir through the cashew nuts.
- Remove from wok – serve and garnish with coriander leaves, crushed peanuts or cahsews and fried shallots.
Wish I could try your recipe but, it is written with metric measurements and I don't have a conversion chart. High school math was a LONG time ago. :-(