Make Your Own! Ho Fun Recipe From Scratch

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Craving a restaurant-quality stir-fry but want to avoid the takeout menu? Look no further than ho fun! This iconic Cantonese dish features wide rice noodles stir-fried with protein, vegetables, and a flavorful sauce. It’s surprisingly easy to make at home, and the results are infinitely customizable.

This recipe will guide you through creating ho fun from scratch, including making the rice noodles, prepping the ingredients, and whipping up a savory sauce.

Ho Fun Noodles
Ho Fun Noodles

Ingredients:

For the Rice Noodles (yields about 4 servings):

2 cups long-grain white rice flour

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • For the Stir-Fry (yields 4 servings):

    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 green bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (green parts only)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (cornstarch slurry)

  • Directions:

    Making the Rice Noodles:

    1. In a large bowl, combine the rice flour and salt. Gradually add the warm water, mixing with a spoon until a shaggy dough forms.
    2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5-7 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
    3. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a thin rope-like shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
    4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully drop the rice noodle ropes into the boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they become translucent.
    5. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drizzle with a little sesame oil to prevent sticking and set aside.

    Pro Tip: You can also use a pasta machine to roll out the rice noodle dough if you have one.

    Preparing the Stir-Fry Ingredients:

    1. In a bowl, marinate the chicken slices with cornstarch, soy sauce, and white pepper for 15 minutes.
    2. While the chicken marinates, prep your vegetables. Julienne the bell peppers, chop the broccoli florets, carrots, and scallions. Mince the garlic and ginger.

    Cooking the Ho Fun:

    1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the marinated chicken and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
    2. Add the bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots to the pan. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly softened.
    3. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan and add the garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
    4. Increase the heat to high and pour in the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer.
    5. Add the cooked rice noodles and stir gently to combine everything.
    6. Give the cornstarch slurry a quick stir and drizzle it into the pan while continuously stirring. This will thicken the sauce slightly.
    7. Finally, add the cooked chicken back to the pan and toss with the noodles and vegetables until heated through.
    8. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 500

  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbs: 60g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the sodium content of your soy sauce)

  • Note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    Ho fun is a satisfying and flavorful dish that’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. By making the rice noodles from scratch, you have complete control over the ingredients and can customize the thickness and texture to your preference.