Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Instant Noodles with a Kick!

Alright, I'm not supposed to encourage the use of instant noodles, but hey, it is very much a part of Asian Cuisine and is not specifically just Malaysian. Enter an Asian Grocery Store and you'll find yourself engulfed in the sea of Instant Noodle Packets from Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The most notable of them are Indomie and probably the Malaysian Maggi Mee Version. South Korea also has splendid flavours for Instant Noodles and so does Japan... Ok Ok...enough of that and on to the Recipe.

Now, sometimes you wonder whether just plain instant noodles is enough? Well, I tend to pack in more than I can chew in my instant noodle ventures. Here's one:

1 Packet of Instant Noodles (flavouring to your liking) - I used Tom Yam Flavoured Instant Noodles from Maggi 
3 Slices Unsmoked Back Bacon
1 Red Chilli - Deseeded and Julienned lengthwise (approx. 5cm)
1 sprout of Pak Choy - washed and individual steam torn from main stem
1 Egg
1 bowl of water

  1. Firstly prepare a small frying pan for your bacon. There is no need to add any fat on to the pan as the bacon already has enough fat to fry it up! Slowly fry your bacon. Remove from heat but leave the bacon in the pan.
  2. In a medium sized pot, boil up some water. When water is boiling, add in the instant noodles. This is to remove the initial layer that keeps the noodles nice and crunchy. Once noodles soften and are springy, drain noodles and keep aside. Run through cold water to make sure noodles stop cooking.
  3. In the same pot, boil up more water. This time add in the instant flavour sachet. Bring it to a boil. Then add in the noodles again, the pak choy and the Chilli. Finally add in the egg and stir vigorously to break the egg up so you'd have an eggy soup. If not, just leave the egg be and let the soup poach the egg on its own.
  4. Serve up once egg looks 3/4 cooked in a large soup bowl. Lay on the bacon and there you have it.
Seriously good for a midnight snack.

Warning: as instant noodles do contain MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), do not in whatsoever fashion indulge in it should you have an allergy to it. You can make your own soup and purchase ready made noodles without the flavouring. For an alternative soup base that is quick, use ready made chicken stock, add in a touch of soy sauce, pepper and perhaps a sprinkle of sesame oil and the effect is the same.

Happy snacking people!

A snack away,
The Innovative Baker

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