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Vegetarian Fried Noodles

When making this dish for non-vegetarians, or for vegetarians who eat fish, add a piece of blacan (compressed shrimp paste) . A small chunk about the size of a stock cube, mashed with the chilli paste, will add a deliciously rich, aromatic flavour.
Always be very careful when handling chillies. Keep your hands away from your eyes as chillies will sting them. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching chillies.

ingredients

serves 4
2 eggs
5 ml (1 tsp) chilli powder
5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric
60 ml (4 tbsp) vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 red chillies, seeded and finely sliced
15 ml (1 tbsp) soy sauce
2 large cooked potatoes, cut into small cubes
6 pieces fried bean curd, sliced
225 g (8 oz) beansprouts
115 g (4 oz) green beans, blanched
350 g (12 oz) fresh thick egg noodles
salt and freshly ground black pepper
sliced spring onions, to garnish

method

1. Beat the eggs lightly, then strain them into a bowl. Heat a lightly greased omelette pan. Pour in half of the egg to cover the bottom of the pan thinly. When the egg is just set, turn the omelette over and fry the other side briefly. Slide on to a plate, blot with kitchen paper, roll up and cut into narrow strips. Make a second omelette in the same way and slice. Set the omelette strips aside for the garnish.

2. In a cup, mix together the chilli powder and turmeric. Form a paste by stirring in a little water.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Fry the onion until soft. Reduce the heat and acid the chilli paste, sliced chillies and soy sauce. Fry for 2 - 3 minutes.

4. Add the potatoes and fry for about 2 minutes, mixing well with the chillies. Add the bean curd, then the beansprouts, green beans and noodles.

5. Gently stir-fry until the noodles are evenly coated and heated through. Take care not to break up the potatoes or the bean curd. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with the reserved omelette strips and spring onion slices.

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