I love Chow Fun; my favorite restaurant closed down after 25 years so, with some fear, I decided to try making it. I told myself it might not be that great the first few times but hopefully, I could keep improving. I was most afraid of the fresh rice noodles, was afraid they’d glue together; that turned out to be the easiest part!
I started off with The Woks of Life Beef Chow Fun recipe but I thought it really needed onions, garlic and snow peas, oyster sauce (later on I remembered I like some fermented black beans … I’ll add next time.) So, I looked at many You Tube videos (my cat sat in my lap and watched intently too!) and looked at other recipes online. I then wrote out my revised recipe.
I went to Whole Foods and bought a bit over 1 lb of skirt steak, froze then sliced thinly (should only freeze for 30 minutes!). I learned that my noodles should not have been refrigerated (in the store they were just on an end cap) but mine were in fridge overnight. Some recipes said to soak the meat in cold water for 15 minutes to wash blood out so I did that.
You marinate the beef in regular soy sauce and grapeseed oil, with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed in, for 1 hour.
I stir fried the snow peas in a nonstick skillet because I wanted to get them just right, then I removed them to a bowl to stop the cooking.
Some recipes said I could blanch the noodles in hot water then ice water then drain/dry but I didn’t want to do that. Other recipes said to separate a bit, microwave 30 seconds, 3 times, separating noodles … this was a great idea!
I decided to grate the ginger because I don’t like biting down into pieces of ginger.
When I cooked everything at high heat in the wok, my hand got awfully hot … I need to buy an insulated glove!
Anyway, I was beyond thrilled with the final result. My daughter paid me a rare compliment, said it was restaurant quality!
If anyone wants my final recipe, I think I can post it here since it’s a combo of about 20 recipes.