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Monday, November 15, 2010

Mrs. Reese's Noodles

My brother Peter had friend named David Reese growing up whose mom made the best noodle dish ever.  I could always tell when she was making it because Peter would be eating at his friend's house that night.  It makes a lot!  I have consolidated some of the steps for how I make it.  And I make it without bok choy or cilantro as I don't care for either in this dish.  But it is one of my favorite meals.

Mrs. Reese's Noodles

1. Cook 3 chicken breasts till just barely done.  I usually cook mine in water.  Fill a pot with your chicken and water to cover.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for 30 minutes until chicken tender.  Let chicken cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl put:
4 carrots, peeled and sliced diaganolly
6 stalks of celery sliced
2 heads broccoli cut up
3 garlic cloves minced
1 bunch green onion, sliced
2 cups of bean sprouts
(optional: 1 bunch bok choy cut up and 1 bunch of cilantro cut up)

3. Cut up your chicken into small pieces and put on top of your vegetables.  Sprinkle whole bowl with 2 tsp salt, 1/4 c sugar and drizzle with sesame oil.  Let it sit.

4. Cook one box spaghetti noodles till just all dente.  Drain.  Stir with a Tbsp of sesame oil.
5. Make your special sauce in a bowl.  Stir together:
1 c oyster sauce
1/3 c soy sauce
1/3 c catsup
3 Tbsp sugar (you can also do 3/4 c sweet chili sauce instead of the sugar and oyster sauce)

6. In a large frying pan heat a little oil over medium high heat.  Dump in half of your vegetable mixture.  Add 1/4 c water and cover for 5 minutes.  Then remove lid and stir fry mixture until all is tender.  Dump into a large serving bowl and repeat with the other half of your vegetable mixture.  Then pour 2 Tbsp of oil into your pan and stir fry your noodles till light brown.  Stir often otherwise the noodles will stick.  Dump noodles into serving bowl.

7. Pour 1/2 of the special sauce into your serving bowl and mix everything together.  If you want a stronger taste you can add more of the sauce.  I only do half of the sauce as my kids like a mild flavor.