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Mmmm...Noodle Soup

Submitted by: Joseph Wu

Latest update: April 16, 2005

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This is a recipe I made up when I was going to university. My mother looked at it and thought it was ridiculous. Then she tasted it. I overheard her reaction to a friend: "That darn boy...it actually tastes good!" (Roughly translated from the Chinese.) She added that she would never again worry about me going hungry.

Cook some Chinese soup noodles according to the package directions. Make enough for one bowlful per person. I used to use Farkay steamed chow mein noodles, but any thin wheat noodle will work (e.g. Farkay dried chow mein noodles, fresh ramen, fresh Shanghai thin noodles, or even instant ramen).

Drain the noodles and rinse well with cold water. (Rinse longer if using instant ramen to remove the hydrogenated oil.)

Mix the following ingredients in a saucepan (amounts are per person):

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ½ cube fu yu (fermented bean curd)
  • ½ tsp. seasoning salt
  • dash of chili flakes (to taste)

Bring to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes. Remove any skin left on the fu yu. Add the noodles, and bring to a boil. Serve immediately.