Sweet Strings of Crystal Ribbon


Cellophane noodle. It has been a part of our local cuisine ever since the Chinese immigrants came to Indonesia. And when you talk about noodle, you talk about Indonesia ( you must have heard the well known Indomie ). You can easily find a type of noodle dish in any place you visit in Indonesia. And for many people, noodle , especially from the hawker’s trolley who walks around selling it, it’s an enjoyable midnight supper.

I came up with the title as they have a translucent appearance when cooked. This is my own kind of recipe, a simple bowl of cellophane noodles for lunch .We call it , Soun Goreng ( fried cellophane noodle ).

Ingredients :

75 gram dry cellophane noodle
5 cloves shallot
3 cloves garlic
A medium piece of chicken breast, cut into small bites
1 medium carrot, cut into small size
10 strings of green bean, cut into small size
½ small onion, thinly sliced
1 stalk of green onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of sweet soy sauce
¼ tablespoons of Maggi seasoning, ground one (or substitute with salt and white pepper)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 pieces of chili padi ( *optional )

Directions :

Soak the cellophane noodle in a bowl or warm water for about ten minutes, take out then put it into a clean bowl. Set aside.

Blend the shallot and garlic in a food processor . Pay attention not to make it a smooth paste. You have to see some rough pieces of it. I only have a traditional “stone processor “ ( I enclose the picture here ) so I blend them by hand.


my traditional stone processor

Heat the cooking oil in a pan and stir-fry the minced shallot and garlic for about 2 minutes. Add the onion. Stir for a minute.

Add the chicken breast. Cook until it changes color.. Then add the carrot and green bean. Continue cooking them until softened. I pour in 2 tablespoons water to speed up soften the vegetables.

Add the cellophane noodle in the pan, pour in the sweet soy sauce and Maggi. Add the chili padi ( optional ). Cook the noodle for about 2 minutes. Not overcook it , otherwise you’ll get a mushy cellophane noodle, not nice.

Before transfer the noodle on a plate, stir in the green onion just for a few seconds.

Selamat Menikmati ( bon appétit ).


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