We all love Asian street style food. They use negligeble spices but flavored sauces. The food retains the original taste of the ingredients and enhances it further. It’s a myth that so- called Chinese food is spicy and hot. Original Asian food is actually very mild on the palette. The following recipe uses similar ingredients that are readily found in your kitchen and the taste is very much like the likes of Lau Pa Sat style of food.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Wheat/ Sooji vermicelli: 1 big cup
Vegetable stock: 3 cups
Rice bran oil/ Olive oil : 3 tbsp
Spring onion: 2 medium sized
Bell pepper/ Capsicum: 1 large
Cabbage: 10 leaves
Carrot: 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
Dark soy sauce: 1 tbsp
Red chilli sauce: 1 tbsp
Salt: to taste
Sweet corn (optional): 1 small cup
Boiled chicken (optional): half cup
Spinach leaves (optional) : 5 leaves
Cut the spring onions, bell pepper, cabbage into thin strips or julienne. shred the cabbage leaves into thin noodle consistency strips. Reserve some greens of spring onions for garnishing.
Wash the vermicelli once and boil it in vegetable stock. You can also use chicken stock or fish stock for more authentic feel. Once the vermicelli is al dente i.e almost chewy, yet not fully cooked, remove from flame. Put it in a colander and strain. Drizzle some olive oil over it and separate the vermicelli to avoid sticking.
Take a wide non stick pan and put olive oil on it. once heated, put onions, cabbage, bell pepper and carrot to it and let it sizzle well with oil. Add the ginger garlic paste to the vegetables now. It’s advisable not to add it before the vegetables as it gets burnt easily and the garlic flavor diminishes from end result.
Once the vegetables are well stir fried, add the soy sauce and red chilli sauce to it. Stir it gently and let the sauce sizzle in the pan too. You can add more salt according to your tastes. Now add vermicelli to it and reduce the heat to lowest. Mix the sauce covered vegetables with vermicelli well and your Asian street style delicacy is ready! Garnish with the greens of spring onions.
P.S: To make it look more authentic street style, you can prepare side dishes too. Boil boneless chicken pieces and then stir fry it in Dark soy sauce with some salt.
Also. Blanch the spinach and sweet corn separately. Drain the spinach and stir fry it with little garlic and oil.
Now for the presentation, Put the vermicelli and vegetable stir fry on one side of the plate. Gently put the blanched Spinach next to it. Now sprinkle boiled corn over the spinach. after that, decorate the boiled chicken pieces in a line next to the spinach and vermicelli. Your Asian street style full meal is ready!