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Shanghai fried noodles (上海炒面)

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Shanghai fried noodles is a dish made from Shanghai-style noodles, which can be found in most Chinese food markets. The more commonly known Japanese udon or a thick Italian spaghetti-style pasta can be used as a substitute.

Even though there are a few steps involved, the dish is not difficult to prepare and it implies cutting the meat into cubes and marinate it with spices for at least 15 minutes. While the meat is marinating, noodles and vegetables are prepared. The noodles are cooked according to the instructions on the package, after what they are drained and splashed with cold water until completely cold and laid aside. The vegetables are chopped into thin slices and fried in a wok until soft, together with the meat, after what seasoned with a little bit of salt, pepper or soy soy sauce if desired. Noodles are stir-fried for a few minutes and mixed thoroughly with the remaining ingredients. Hoisin or oyster sauce can be added and stir-fried for another few seconds, the noodles being eventually served warm.

In the Chinese cuisine there are many different methods of cooking the Shanghai fried noodles, the most famous combinations being served with vegetables and either chicken or pork. The dish is a staple of Shanghai cuisine, which is usually served at dumpling houses. Shanghai fried noodles has become known to western chefs, including the celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

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