Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How To Cook Minced Pork Noodles With Baby Spinach

Singapore is famous for its hawker food. You can get this dish easily in the hawker centres or food court. I like to cook this dish myself because I could control the amount of salt, type and amount of vegetables and meat to be used. It is easy to prepare and could be served anytime - breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Minced Pork Noodles With Baby Spinach Recipe

Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
Prep time: 30
Cook time: 20
Total time: 50

  • 500ml water
  • 500ml Heinz Chicken Broth  
  • 1 bunch of fresh spinach 
  • 1 handful of yellow beans 
  • 1 handful of "ikan bilis" or fish anchovies 
  • 500grams of minced pork
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • A dash of white pepper powder
  • 1 packet of yellow noodles
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup or chilli sauce 

  1. Season the minced pork with the light soya sauce, sesame oil and white pepper powder for 30 minutes. 
  2. Wash the yellow beans and ikan bilis. Boil it with water and the Heinz Chicken Broth for 30 minutes. 
  3. Wash the spinach and pluck out the leaves.
  4. Put the minced pork in the broth and boil till cooked.
  5. Boil the yellow noodles in another pot of water for 3 minutes. Pour away the water and set aside noodles. 
  6. Cook the vegetables in the broth for 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the noodles, pork and vegetables separately from soup.
  8. Add the tomato ketchup or chilli to the noodles to taste.

Tips for cooking:
  1. Make sure the water/broth does not boil off, else you will be left with very little soup to serve or the broth becomes too salty. If it does, add more water without compensating the taste of the soup.
  2. If your children is fussy about eating fish anchovies, boil the fish anchovies first. In that way, you could remove the fish anchovies before adding the other ingredients to the broth.
  3. Boiling the yellow beans and fish anchovies for a longer period of time makes the soup taste better.  
  4. In a hot weather like in Singapore, you could consider serving the noodles together with the soup. You will omit step 8. 
  5. You could change the type of meat and vegetables from minced pork to shredded chicken or from baby spinach to Chinese Chye Sim.

Have fun with your cooking and leave me a comment so I know if your dish turns out well!

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