Easy Weeknight Ho Fun

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Ho fun, also known as rice noodles or stir-fried flat rice noodles, is a popular Cantonese dish that’s incredibly versatile and perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. These wide, flat noodles soak up the flavors of your stir-fry beautifully, making them a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

This recipe will guide you through creating a classic savory ho fun dish, but feel free to get creative and add your favorite protein and vegetables!

Beef Ho Fun ( Beef Chow Fun )
Beef Ho Fun ( Beef Chow Fun )

Ingredients:

1 pound dried ho fun noodles (around 400g)

  • ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped broccoli florets
  • ½ cup sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup sliced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the noodles: Soak the dried ho fun noodles in hot water for 30 minutes, or according to package instructions, until softened. Drain well and rinse under cold running water to prevent sticking. Set aside.
    2. Marinate the chicken: In a bowl, combine the sliced chicken with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and a pinch of white pepper. Marinate for at least 15 minutes while prepping the vegetables.
    3. Prepare the stir-fry: Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.
    4. Sauté the vegetables: Add the onions, bell peppers, and broccoli to the pan. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened but still crisp-tender.
    5. Combine and cook: Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for another 30 seconds, until fragrant. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan.
    6. Incorporate the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, white pepper, and 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the sauce mixture into the empty space in the pan and bring to a simmer.
    7. Assemble the dish: Add the cooked noodles and chicken back to the pan with the vegetables and sauce. Toss everything together gently to coat the noodles evenly.
    8. Serve and enjoy: Plate your ho fun and garnish with chopped scallions (optional) for extra flavor and visual appeal.

    Tip: Feel free to adjust the spice level to your preference by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This is an approximate estimation and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: 450-500

  • Carbs: 50-60g
  • Protein: 30-40g
  • Fat: 15-20g

  • Conclusion

    Ho fun is a delightful and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights or a fun weekend stir-fry adventure. With its simple ingredients and customizable options, you can cater this recipe to your taste buds and dietary needs. So grab your wok, gather your favorite protein and vegetables, and get ready to experience the delicious world of ho fun!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I substitute the chicken with something else?

    Absolutely! Ho fun is incredibly versatile. You can easily swap the chicken for tofu, shrimp, beef, or any other protein you prefer.

    2. What vegetables can I add to my ho fun?

    The possibilities are endless! Popular options include carrots, snow peas, baby corn, mushrooms, or bean sprouts.

    3. How can I make my ho fun vegetarian?

    Simply omit the chicken and add additional vegetables or tofu for a protein boost. You may also want to adjust the sauce by using a vegetarian oyster sauce alternative.

    4. What if I don’t have oyster sauce?

    You can substitute the oyster sauce with a combination of 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar for a similar flavor profile.

    5. Can I make ho fun ahead of time?