Imperial City Noodles

A traditional and colourful dish for Mulan, a movie based on rebelling against Chinese tradition. Arrange your own vegetables for a custom designed dish!

Servings

2

Ready In:

50 mins

Good For:

Dinner

Inspiration from

Mulan

Mulan is one of those Disney movies that challenges the normal. Whilst usually it is the prince trying to rescue the princess, here the “princess” is fighting for herself to do what is right for her family and country. I didn’t watch it too much as a child but as I’ve grown up I’ve learned to appreciate it more.

I’ve chosen a traditional Chinese dish for Mulan, a dish commonly found around China’s capital: Beijing. It has many elements contributing towards the dish. I used a noodle base and added a variety of cooked and uncooked vegetables to the dish. On the side I cooked the pork in a hoisin and Miso paste which gave a sweet tang flavour to the fatty meat. Building the dish is great fun too, layering each of the vegetables in a form that is pretty to the eyes.

Mulan Imperial City Noodles

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Miso Paste
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 300ml Water
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 2 Spring Onions (finely sliced and separated green from white)
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 200g Pork Belly (diced into cubes)
  • 1 tsp Shaoxing Rice Wine
  • 2 Noodle Portions

Vegetables

  • 150g Beansprouts
  • 150g Edamame
  • 0.5 Cucumber (julienned)
  • 6 Radishes (sliced)

You’ll find when buying noodles, that unlike pasta, they come in separate pieces. These are actually super helpful when working out portion sizes. Each dry piece will equal to one serving portion.

Noodles also come in different varieties. You can choose whatever you prefer for this dish. Medium Egg Noodles are a simple variety. Personally I love the Japanese Udon Noodles, as thick sticky noodles, they can look like worms but are very wholesome and have a great texture. For those seeking a healthier portion, try Wholewheat Noodles. They have a browner colour to them but taste just like your normal egg noodles.

Your choice of vegetables can change in this recipe, depending on personal taste. I’ve chosen Beansprouts, Cucumber, Radish and Edamame for my dish. You could alternatively add carrot (julienned), Chinese cabbage (chopped), celery (julienned), mangetout, broccoli, or even some chopped mushrooms. For those unsure about the word “julienned”, it essentially means cutting into thin strips.

Shaoxing Rice Wine can be quite hard to get hold of. I was able to find it in my local Tesco store however you may have trouble. You can alternatively use another Rice Wine for this dish as we are only using a teaspoon. You can also choose to add a splash of white wine, however you will get a different flavour. Those looking at non-alcoholic options can either opt out of adding it or instead add a splash or apple juice. Make sure avoid Rice Wine Vinegar, it is not the same or similar ingredient and will add an acidic flavour to the dish.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a bowl, dilute the Miso paste and Hoisin Sauce with the water and let sit aside.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the star anise, green spring onion slices and ginger and cook for a minute. Stir in the pork and rice wine. Cook until pork is cooked on all sides.

Step 3

Pour in the sauce from Step 1. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4

Bring the sauce back up to boil until you’ve thickened up the sauce to the desired consistency. Stir in the rest of the spring onions.

Step 5

Blanch beansprouts and edamame in boiling water. Remove them, then cook noodles in the same pot. Once cooked, drain the noodles.

Step 6

Add the noodles into serving bowls. Add the sauce and vegetable components around the bowl.

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Imperial City Noodles

A traditional and colourful dish for Mulan, a movie based on rebelling against Chinese tradition. Arrange your own vegetables for a custom designed dish!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Mulan
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Miso Paste
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 300 ml Water
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 2 Spring Onions finely slice and separated green from white
  • 1 tsp Ginger ground
  • 200 g Pork Belly diced into cubes
  • 1 tsp Shoaxing Rice Wine
  • 2 portions Noodles

Vegetables

  • 150 g Beansprouts
  • 150 g Edamame
  • 0.5 Cucumber julienned
  • 6 Radishes sliced

Instructions

  • In a bowl, dilute the Miso paste and Hoisin Sauce with the water and let sit aside.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the star anise, green spring onion slices and ginger and cook for a minute. Stir in the pork and rice wine. Cook until pork is cooked on all sides.
  • Pour in the sauce from Step 1. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes
  • Bring the sauce back up to boil until you’ve thickened up the sauce to the desired consistency. Stir in the rest of the spring onions.
  • Blanch beansprouts and edamame in boiling water. Remove them, then cook noodles in the same pot. Once cooked, drain the noodles.
  • Add the noodles into serving bowls. Add the sauce and vegetable components around the bowl.

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