At some wet markets or stalls in Malaysia, you will find hawkers selling fried noodles at an economy price ranging from RM1.00 to RM1.50 per plate / pack. These noodles usually sell well because of the pricing and simpleness in the ingredients used. The type of noodles used are the yellow noodles which are commonly available in the markets themselves.
For home cooking, I have cooked this type of noodles once in a blue moon and the usual ingredients which I use are garlic, sliced fish cake, eggs and bean sprouts. Sometimes I do add in a little chinese green mustard leaves (sawi). It is pretty simple to cook though the preparation of the bean sprouts can be a little time consuming when removing the tail / root.
This is my recipe for Economy Fried Noodles
- 300 grammes yellow noodles
- 100 grammes bean sprouts (tail / root removed)
- 1 piece fish cake (sliced)
- 5 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
- 2 large eggs
- 200 ml hot water
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce (preferably the thick and sweet tasting type)
- 2 teaspoons light soya sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- a couple of dashes of white pepper powder
Heat oil in wok and saute garlic till aromatic. Just as the garlic is browning, add fish cake and eggs. Stir well.
Once eggs have cooked, add noodles and seasoning. Stir briskly to coat seasoning evenly. Sprinkle water every now and then to keep the noodles moist. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Add bean sprouts and continue to cook for another minute before dishing up.
Sprinkle with fried shallots or anything else you fancy
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