Chinese New Year blesses us with scrumptious, delightful and festive cuisines. This simple, refreshing, and sustaining noodle dish offers the perfect balance for greasy deep-fried foods or rich meat dishes.
Like firecrackers, this homemade dish is essential for Lunar New Year. In traditional Chinese culture, noodles symbolize longevity. It’s auspicious to serve long, uncut strands during New Year festivities.
Salted douche (fermented black beans) whets the appetite, while stir-fried dried shrimp enhances the spinach flavour — leaving a lingering, satisfying aftertaste.
Glass noodles or cellophane noodles — made from mung bean or yam starch — impart a silky, smooth texture. Red peppers burn hot with passion for the past and for the incoming Year of the Sheep, heralding abundance, peace and affluence.
2 portions glass noodles
3 bunches spinach
1 red pepper
1 tsp (5g) dried douchi
1 tsp (1g) dried small shrimps
2 (5g) cloves minced garlic
½ tsp (3g) minced ginger
1 minced scallion
2tsp (10ml) rice vinegar
2 tsp (10ml) oyster sauce
2 tsp (10ml) soy sauce
2 tsp (6g) sugar
1. Soak noodles in cold water 10 minutes.
2. Wash spinach.
3. Mix rice vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar in bowl.
5. Stir-fry garlic and ginger in oil.
6. Add douchi, pepper, and shrimp; fry on low-medium heat for one minute.
7. Cook noodles in boiling water for 20 seconds; strain, serve on plate, and add seasoning gradually to desired taste.
8. Blanch spinach and cut into 2-inch (5cm) segments; place on noodles.
9. Top with stir-fried ingredients; garnish with scallion.