Transform any stir-fry into a beloved dish with these delightful and slippery chow fun noodles

Transform any stir-fry into a beloved dish with these delightful and slippery chow fun noodles

When people ask me about my favorites – vegetable, legume, restaurant, or food in general – I struggle to give a definitive answer. There are simply too many options! My preference depends on my mood and the circumstances.

I could say the same thing about noodles, but with some caveats. Bucatini is perfect for certain sauces, while penne is better suited for others. I once thought ruffled mafaldine was my one true love, but my affection eventually waned. In the end, I’ve come to agree with the sentiment expressed in Prince lyrics as sung by Sinéad O’Connor: Nothing compares to chow fun.

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Chow fun, also known as ho fun, are wide rice noodles that possess a delightful springiness, slipperiness, and chewiness. However, their most important quality is their ability to absorb sauces, becoming an essential part of any dish. Whenever noodles are involved, I tend to overindulge, but with Chinese chow fun and similar Thai pad see ew, I eat only what’s in front of me. Leftover noodles just don’t compare, as they tend to clump and become too soft when reheated.

Try the recipe: Vegetable Chow Fun

I had never attempted to cook these beloved noodles at home until I came across Maggie Zhu’s recipe for Vegetable Chow Fun in her book, “Chinese Homestyle.” Her technique involves slightly undercooking the dried noodles to prevent them from becoming mushy when stir-fried with an abundance of vegetables and a flavorful, aromatic sauce. The dish consists of an equal amount of veggies and noodles, with the mushrooms releasing their liquid for the noodles to absorb, adding to the dish’s overall taste.

I made sure to purchase extra noodles when shopping for this recipe, and I’m grateful I did because I’ve made Maggie’s chow fun several times since then. I’ve even started throwing them into my improvised stir-fries, using up leftover ingredients. Each time, the noodles elevate the dish and make it feel like an all-time favorite.

Try the recipe: Vegetable Chow Fun

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