This e-fu noodles with braised abalones and broccoli is a typical dish served during the Chinese New Year and it’s very easy and quick to prepare. This is especially helpful if you are preparing a feast for the reunion dinner for a large family, you will need to produce one of the main staple dish in a quick amount of time. Broccoli is first blanched in boiling water, then into an ice bath and set aside. The e-fu noodles is added to boiling water for 2-3 minutes, drained and set aside. Then it takes less than 5 minutes to stir fry the noodles with seasonings, before plating it with broccoli and a good can of braised abalones.
In my collaboration with Lee Kum Kee, an Asian traditional brand that produces very premium Asian seasonings, sauces and marinates, I had a chance to use a couple of their products which are all my favourite Asian sauces. I especially love their dried scallop sauce which features bits of dried scallop in a rich umami spicy sauce. I love using it to fry noodles or top over toasts. In this recipe I am using their canned abalones with premium oyster sauce, it’s like braised abalones. The sauce and abalones are ready to consume, you can opt to warm it up a little.
This is not my first e-fu noodles post. This type of Chinese noodles is extremely easy to cook and requires very simple seasonings and ingredients to make it a presentable dish at Chinese banquets and during special events such as Lunar New Year and birthdays. In fact it’s commonly named as birthday noodles and consumed on birthdays for many Chinese people, as it’s also referred to as longevity noodles or ‘shou mian’ (寿面) which meant good intentions for the birthday person.
The e-fu noodles is a type of Cantonese egg noodles made from wheat flour and comes in golden brown colour. The noodles is then fried and dried and when cooked, has a chewy and bouncy texture. You really just have to add it to boiling water and boil it for 2-3 minutes, then a quick stir fry to make a delicious dish.
The Chinese name 伊府面 literally means the noodles of the ‘Yi’ house. Well there are a few legends related to this noodle. The most commonly known one is linked to Yi Bingshou, a Chinese government official, whose cook accidentally took cooked egg noodles and fried them. The cook was quick-minded to add stock and serve it. This beautiful mistake produces an excellent noodle dish that wowed Yi’s dinner guests, thus it is known as the noodles of the ‘Yi’ house. E has the same pronounciation as the Chinese ‘Yi’.
Want more ideas on what to prepare for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner? Check out these recipes:
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- How To Lou Hei Yu Sheng For Chinese New Year
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E-Fu Noodles with Braised Abalones and Broccoli 鲍鱼西兰花伊府面
- 200 g Hong Kong yee fu mee (e-fu noodles)
- 1 can abalones in oyster sauce or braised sauce net weight 425g, drained weight 90g
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 shallots
- 100 g broccoli
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- Dash of white pepper
- 2 tbsp dried scallop sauce
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp braised sauce from canned abalone
- 1 tbsp water
- Peel and mince 3 garlic cloves. Peel and slice 3 shallots.3 garlic cloves, 3 shallots
- Wash and cut 100g broccoli into smaller pieces. Boil another pot of water. Once boiled, blanch the broccoli by boiling 2-3 minutes. Remove and immediately transfer into an ice bath (ice cold water) for another 2-3 minutes. Then drain and set aside.100 g broccoli
- Boil a pot of water. Once boiled, add 200g e-fu noodles and boil for 2-3 minutes. Do a taste test. Once it's soften, remove and drain. Note: the noodles should not be too soft as it will be stir fried later.200 g Hong Kong yee fu mee (e-fu noodles)
- Mix all the seasonings.1 tbsp oyster sauce, Dash of white pepper, 2 tbsp dried scallop sauce, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp braised sauce from canned abalone, 1 tbsp water
- In a large pan, warm 2 tbsp sesame oil over low heat.Add garlic and shallots, and sauté until aromatic.2 tbsp sesame oil
- Add e-fu noodles and stir fry for about 30 seconds. Then add the seasonings and coat the noodles well.
- To assemble the dish, place e-fu noodles on the serving plate, place broccoli in the centre, then top with the canned braised abalones. Optional to warm the abalones and drizzle the braised sauce over the dish. Serve warm immediately.1 can abalones in oyster sauce or braised sauce
I love your detailed guide on the cooking part. Great for noob cooks like me!
Thanks very much for the encouragement!