A Teochew Classic Delicacy: Stir Fry Teochew Noodles (Mee Tiao)
Chinese always celebrate with noodles to signify a wish for a long and happy life. All the more so if teochew noodles otherwise known as longevity noodles (Mee Tiao 潮州面条) are used as they are a symbol of long life. This stir fry teochew noodles dish is very special and close to my heart as it brings back fond memories of three very special ladies in my life. My beloved grandma, mum and mum-in-law would always diligently cook this noodles in all our family celebrations and special occasions. It’s indeed one of our family MOST treasured recipe!
Four Simple Ingredients: Garlic, Beansprouts, Chives and Pork Fat
This teochew noodles dish is very simple to cook and has only four ingredients in it. We need a fair bit of aromatic garlic, a handful of beansprouts and chinese chives and lastly the most important, pork fat. The noodles is unlike others as it is first stir-fried on its own in light lard oil until they sear properly. This can be quite laborious but the outcome is truly worth all the effort. Only then do we toss in the beansprouts.
Another important ingredient is chinese chives. Without chives, the stir-fried longevity noodles is never complete so a handful of chinese chives is added as the last cooking step before garnishing with fried and chopped lard pieces and aromatic garlic.
As always, ENJOY!