Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lucky Fuzhou Noodles with Jackfruit and Chile Garlic Sauce

     Spicy Tropical Fruit Flavor Lucky Noodles!
     Chinese Fuzhou Noodles are also called Lucky Noodles.  Lucky Noodles bring good luck and fortune to those who eat them!
     Fuzhou Noodles are very thin and they must be handled carefully.  After cooking, these noodles become elastic and durable.  The Fuzhou Noodle making process involves using lye water.  The Alkaline flavor can be tasted after cooking.  This flavor triggers taste bud sensors in an interesting way.
     Jackfruit is native to Southeast Asia and India.  Jackfruit has a nice starchy tart banana flavor that goes well with a chile pepper sauce.
     Jackfruit can grow to an enormous size.  Produce workers at Asian food markets usually package pieces of Jackfruit that weigh a few pounds.  Jackfruit is one of the few fruits that cans well.  Canned Jackfruit actually looks like fresh cooked Jackfruit.  A can of Jackfruit is an option for those who cannot find it fresh.

     Lucky Fuzhou Noodles with Jackfruit and Chile Garlic Sauce:  
     This recipe yields 1 serving.
     Step 1:  Keep a pot water boiling over medium high heat, so the Fuzhou noodles can be cooked later in the recipe.
     Step 2:  Heat a sauté pan or mini wok over medium/medium high heat.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
     Add 7 cloves of chopped garlic.
     Add 1 teaspoon of minced ginger.
     Sauté till the garlic starts to turn a golden color.
     Step 3:  Add 1 cup of coarsely chopped Jackfruit.
     Briefly sauté till the Jackfruit becomes aromatic.
     Step 4:  Add 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of pure sesame oil.
     Add 2 tablespoons of Coarse Red Chile Sambal.  (Koran Chile Sambal looks like a paste of crushed coarse red serrano chile pepper.)
     Add 2 tablespoons of Sriracha.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of Spanish Paprika.
     Add 1 teaspoon of thin soy sauce.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt.
     Add 1 pinch of 5 spice powder.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
     Add 1 tablespoon of honey.
     Step 5:   Reduce the temperature to medium low heat.
     Simmer and reduce the sauce, till it becomes a medium thin consistency.
     Keep the sauce warm over very low heat.
     Step 6:  Place 1 portion of Chinese Fuzhou Noodles in the pot of boiling water.  (The Fuzhou Noodles are very thin and they only take a few seconds to cook!)
     Drain the water off of the noodles.
     Step 7:  Shock the noodles in ice water, to give them a chewy texture.
     Drain the ice water off of the noodles.
     Step 8:  Add the Fuzhou Noodles to the sauce in the pan.
     Toss the noodles and sauce together.
     Place the noodles in a bowl.  Try to expose some of the Jackfruit pieces on top of the noodles.
     Garnish with cilantro leaves.

     Spicy and delicious! 

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