Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Braisd Ee Fu Noodle

After I married for many years, I don't do any cooking cos I have no chance since kitchen is MIL's territory. Well, probably also she is quite a good cook that I do not wanna 献丑 (embarrassing myself).

Even when my MIL started to have her majong sessions that she will be out during weekend, we will usually packet food back home or go out to eat. I simply never think of cooking for my family, I will rather bake than cook if I am available :P. I really dislike the sweaty feeling and the smoky smell on me during and after cooking.

We had home cooked food on Sunday (Saturday is my 娘家日 (visiting day to my mum's place)) only until my ex helper picked up cooking. She learned cooking from my MIL and my mum, as well as instruction from me. See, I rather use mouth to teach or instruct her and she did the cooking. I would stayed away from the wet kitchen, stand at the dry kitchen to oversee her through glass window or glass door while she was cooking, went in wet kitchen occasionally to check on her cooking.

My FIL thought I do not know how to cook, he told that to my ex helper. He was so surprised when my ex helper replied him that I can cook quite well . So he asked my helper why didn't I cook for him :P. I was quite puzzled when she told me that, so I asked her how did she know that I can cook. I forgot that I ever cooked congee at my mum's place and she fell in love with my congee, not bad right consider she as a non-congee lover :). My dear brother also shared with her that he love the fried rice that I used to cook very often before married.

Ever since I started to bake, my interest in preparing some simple dishes arises too. Now that my ex helper had left for good since 6 months ago and my current helper, hmmm... I can't rely her like what I did to my ex helper, since she can't even slice fruits according to the samples that shown to her. So if I want to cook during Sunday, I have to do everything by myself. My favourite of course is one dish meal, much easier for me to manage and I do not need to stay in the smoky kitchen for long period :P.

When I saw the guest post of Braised Ee Fu Noodle by Little Teochew in Pigpigscorner's blog, I immediately bookmarked it as I like ee fu noodle especially with lots of shiitake mushroom and bean sprouts. My FIL can't consume these 2 ingredients due to his grout but dear husband love bean spouts in noodle so what I did was to omit the shiitake mushroom, steamed the bean spouts and added steamed bean spouts after dished out the portion for FIL.

Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients : for 4 - 5 servings
Braising sauce : (mix altogether)
4 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp dark sauce for colour (I added more as I felt the color of noodle is too light for me)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp hua tiao wine
Dash of white pepper (I forgot to put in)
2 cup water

A :
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
5 to 6 handful beansprouts, tails removed (I bought S$0.30 from the wet market and used all)
4 1/2 dried mounds Ee Fu Noodles
some char siew, slice thinly (I bought S$2 from the wet market)
10 stalks of chye sim vegetables
1 can straw mushroom, slice thinly
1 big fish cake, sliced thinly
2 to 3 tbsp vegetable oil + 1/4 tsp white sesame oil

Method :
1. In a wok, heat vegetable oil and sesame oil. When it is very hot, add in garlic and fry briefly before throwing in the ingredients A and stir fry for about 1 minute.
2. Add braising sauce and allow to simmer (about 1 minute). Maintain medium-high heat throughout.
3. Add in Ee Fu noodles, making sure you submerge them in the braising sauce as much as possible. Cover with a lid and let the noodles stew in the sauce for 2 to 3 minutes. Open lid and check for doneness. There should be little or no braising sauce when the dish is done. Do not overcook or the noodles will become soggy. Allow the residual heat to continue cooking the noodles till al dente.
4. Dish up on serving plate and garnish with cut chives or coriander.

The noodle is very tasty, dear husband helped his 2nd serving. When I asked him to rate the noodle, he paused for awhile and said "8.5, if prawns are added, will be 9!" He was a bit upset that I forgot to add prawns despite he had reminded me (sorry but I am old liao so memory not so good mah). He said with the prawns, the presentation of the noodle will looks much better too :P. He also kept shaking head on the way I presented the dish, next time should ask him to do the job :P.
FIL finished his share too, a big big portion that had dished out for him before the bean sprouts added. So Dad, are you convinced now that I can cook too? :P


  1. Yalar, ask him to do it, so much complains. hahahah.

    For me, I'd rather cook one portion for FIL w/o all the things he can't eat, and cook another portion with everything. Maybe becos I dun like cooking too much noodles at one time. Hard to toss leh.

  2. Simply delicious! Even without prawn, I already see more ingredients than the noodles :)

  3. You go girl! Show the guys in your house whose the head chef, lol! Yummy looking braised ee fu noodles! You know I actually liked the mushroom ee fu noodles the best...just mushrooms, no meat, no prawns. Should really try making it myself someday. Thanks for the recipe, will modify it to make with just mushrooms. :D

  4. Jess,
    Ee Fu noodles happened to be one of my favourite noodles. My favourite brand has to be Kwong Cheong Thye's! Heehee... Your noodles is full of "liao"...I love it. That's one good thing about homecook, you put as much and as many ingredients in there, and eat till stomach satisfied, mouth satisfied and family members even more satisfied! Hahaha...

  5. I like efu noodles! This looks very Cantonese and delicious!

  6. Yours looks good, if ask me to cook it, sure turn out ugly ugly...

  7. ooh that looks yummy. Mom cooks this but I don't. My hub is not a big fan of noodles except mee goreng. :p

  8. Everybody can cook - it is just a matter of getting the right recipe and be willing to work in the kitchen. So you really shouldn't put yourself down for there are so many good recipes on the internet nowadays. Congrats on your Ee Fu Noodle - good choice, it is a tasty and simple dish to make!

  9. I always love to have Ee Fu Noodle for lunch. Love its special texture.

  10. Mmmm...that looks very delicious. So much ingredients added to the noodles...mmm....like it :D

  11. I saw this at Little Teochew too and already bookmarked it. Can I check with you if Ee Fu Noodles is yee mee?

  12. Jess, this really sounds delicious. Your photo of the noodles is absolutely amazing. They will never again doubt that you can cook :-). I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  13. Jess your Ee Fu noodles looks so yummy! It is my favourite noodle!

  14. Hi Jess,

    haha same like you. I would rather bake than cook when I am free =]. I dont mind the smoke in the kitchen. But I dread washing up the oily dishes and mopping the kitchen flour. Lots of aftermath to clear up. Baking wise, only need to clean the oven plus the pan,beater and some bowls which is quite easy.

  15. I love Ee Mein... so good.. one of my must have everytime I go back to Malaysia!

  16. Oh.. I like the texture of this noodle and cook it quite often too! I can have a very big bowl of it.

  17. Wendy, I told him tat too hahaha...
    I am so lazy, thats why I didnt cook seperate portion :P.

    Thanks DG, me and husband likes to have meal with a lot of liao, thats why... :P.

    Hahaha... thanks Bee Bee. Wow we share the same taste bud, me too love mushroom ee fu noodles. Initially I shown Ju's ee fu noodle to my husband, cos I just wanna cook her style with mushroom and bean spout only. But my husband requested to add other "liao", and my FIL is a carnivore so ended up this version.

  18. Jane, I nvr cook b4 so I just went to the wet market and buy, next time I will get from Kwong Cheong Thye :). Yes my cook normally will have a lot of liao than noodle or rice :P.

    Thanks Angie.

    Somewhere in Spore, try this recipe, is easy. If I can make it I guess everyone can too :).

  19. Thanks Cooking Ninja. Next time you can just cook a small portion for yourself :P.

    Thanks Shirley.

    Me too Christine.

  20. Thanks MaryMoh.

    ICook4Fun, from my understanding, yee mee is round, ee fu mee is flat, look at the image url you will understand what I mean.
    yee mee : http://www.google.com.sg/images?hl=en&q=image+of+yee+mee&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=BCeQTNOtIsiecbXyxdMM&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQsAQwAA&biw=931&bih=462
    Ee fu : http://www.google.com.sg/images?hl=en&q=image+of+ee+fu+noodle&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=GSeQTP6GE4Wjcabb9fIM&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQsAQwAA&biw=931&bih=462

  21. Thanks Mary :).

    Thanks SweetieadeL, ee fu is one of my favourite too.

    ZY, yes the cleanning up will be another reason for me to dislike cooking if I dun ve helper :P.

  22. Mycookinghut, if you can get ee fu noodle over your place you can cook yourself, this recipe is very easy.

    Grace, I like the texture of this noodle too :).

  23. wow another ee fu noodles post! making me drool again jess! next time should get the guys to cook themselves and we shall be the one complaining hehe nice noodles jess!

  24. Ur Ee Fu Noodles look very good. I have bookmarked Ju's recipe too and after seeing urs I am more tempted to give it a try.

    I hardly cook nowsaday after my mom moves in. Unlike in the past I am the cook and the baker. Now I only concentrate on baking as my mom can cook better than me (of coz).

  25. Wow... the noodle looks so yummy. I can't cook well because unlike baking when all the measurement are given so precise, cooking a dish very much depending on our own taste and the seasoning also add in based on "agaration"...

  26. How wonderful - you bake and you cook. I can only do one - cook. I enjoy Ee Fu noodles....and love that you add so many ingredients in it :)

  27. The noodles look quite good. I know what you mean about the smoky smell of cooking...I guess it depends on you are cooking though? Or maybe the type of stove?

  28. Oh glad to hear that your FIL like it very much! I would be so pleased if my FIL love something I cooked for him. Thanks for sharing such wonderful dish.
    Cheers, Kristy

  29. looks awesome you should cook more its fun

  30. Jess, I've said so many times and told you long time already ... You CAN cook one! It's just that you're being humble only ... You said mah, don't wanna 獻醜. LOL! You CAN SERIOUSLY whip up awesome dishes! Next time we place a quota on everyone should we ever have the opportunity to have a potluck again: Everyone brings a dish (prepared on the stove one) and a bake. HAHA! Pei-Lin is SOOOO mean.

  31. So nice of your family to get together!

  32. AAAAAH!!! I've been LOOKING FOR THIS recipe since I had my first Ee-Fu noodle at Crystal Jade!!! You saved my life!!!

  33. WWow Jess! I didn't know you tried this dish out. But I'm happy you did, and did it so well! :D

  34. Thanks Jess. Ya guys always like to use mouth to work hor :P.

    Angel, try it, Ju's recipe is easy and good. I dun cook previously but I am trying to make it to cook once a week. If your mum can cook better of course will prefer to leave this important task to her.Just like what I do, my MIL can cook well so I will do the job when she is not arnd heehee hee..

    Thanks Neyee. I understand that cos I need to have a precise recipe too although I dun usually follow to T but I just need a detail specs for security purpose :P.

  35. Thanks Elra.

    Tigerfish, you can do that too if you want. You see, I used to think I cant cook well but at least my family enjoy my cooking :). Oh ya, a lot of ingredients will be my signature cos my husband and me like it this way, we are greedy pigs hahaha...

    Thanks Indie. Actually my stove dun give a lot of smoke unless I use big big fire. I just dislike the smell and sweat when cooking :P.

  36. Kristy, yes I love seeing others appreciate/ like my cooking and baking :).

    Thanks Chow and Chatter, yes I am slowly learning to appreciate cooking, now gain more confidence since my family likes my cooking :).

    Pei Lin, so glad seeing you again. Ok ok I know that, when I wrote this I already thinking, Pei Lin will sure going to say something when see this hahaha... Thanks so much for being always having confidence on me, you are giving me a lot a lot of encouragement.
    Oh 1 dish 1 bake, no prob lah, I will fry spring roll hahaha...

  37. Thanks Alison.

    Cookie Sleuth, it is always nice to have family get together.

    Sophia, wow you so kua zhang ar hahaha... let me know after you try it :).

    Ju, I must thanks you instead. You shared such easy and yet delicious dish that making me able to produce such good result :).

  38. lol well done! Looks so tasty and thanks for the mention.

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