Hong Kong Style fried beef flat rice noodle

乾炒牛河 is one of the most popular dish in Hong Kong, or any where you go that serves Cantonese cuisine, I guess it’s not difficult to order this in a Cantonese or Chinese restaurant. 

The most important ingredient is the flat rice noodle, as it is a bit difficult to buy the fresh one. There are shops selling freshly made noodles, rice noodles and wonton wrap, try to explore that in your neighbourhood or otherwise try to see if you can find that at the wet market. I have to say, you can only do this with the freshly made ones, if you are using those dry ones which are not good enough. Not sure where can you get this in other countries, maybe in China town? 

First of the, cut the beef in thin slices and follow the grain. Marinate them with dark soy sauce, sugar, corn stratch and some water, for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make sure you separate each flat rice noodle within sticking together. When you are ready with all key ingredients, onions in strips, bean sprouts, spring onion, and get the sauce ready, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. I also like to add a touch of spice, so I add a bit of red chilli pepper which is totally optional. 

Heat up the wok with some oil, get the beef fried quickly in hot temperature until they are almost done. Set them aside for later use. Then, get the wok ready again with some oil and fry the onions until they turn soft, then add the bean sprouts and fry until they start turning soft. Now add the flat rice noodles into the wok, stir fry them with onions and bean sprouts. Watch out after you add the mixed sauce, as there is sugar in it and things will started to get burn and sticky easily, so we have to act really quick. Add in the sauce, keep stir frying and then add in the beef, chopped chilli and spring onions. Fry until the beefs are done, and serve the noodle with some sesame seeds and a touch of chilli sauce.

I also would like to have more vegetables, so I was having that with some choy sum. Guess this fried rice noodle should be much more healthier than those ones that we used to eat at cha chang tang, this is not difficult at all, you can also try to make it at home 😉 

Green Living, do not waste food!

 

Green living is not a new topic at all, we started to talk about environmental friendly, recycling and green living since long time. But there are still new things that we can do everyday, such as low carbon living, and today I would like to talk about food waste.

The Hong Kong Government started to run this food waste recycling project back in 2013, but I would say, there are still a lot of work to do and more education needs to be done. Nowadays, we are more aware of recycling paper, aluminum, plastic, metal, glass bottle, and etc. We can easily find recycle bins on the street or in some of the building, that collect mainly paper, plastic and aluminum. But for food waste, is still not popular yet.

The idea to recycle food waste is fantastic! Think about we can recycle them, and turn them into pig feed, fertilizer or methane for heat and power generation. Turning waste into treasure and reduce the landfills, I really want to support this programme.

The building where my office is, they started this food waste collection few months ago. There is a box distributed to each office and they collect food waste everyday, and there is a machine at the building to process this collected food waste into liquid fertilizer for the onsite plants. How great is that! I actually want to look for someone to collect food waste at home as well, but I need to do some more research and see how to do it, as the building management at home is not supporting any kind of recycling project. There are no recycle bins at the building, I have to carry the recycled paper that I collected, and bring them to those bin on the street. So, until I find my solution, I am bringing my food waste from home to office. I know it might sounds a bit crazy, collecting food waste everyday and bring to office, which is a bit smelly… But I want to make my little step and help to save the globe, we should all help to save our global village.