CHICKEN WITH UDON NOODLES, SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS AND SNOW PEAS
Chicken with Udon Noodles, Shiitake Mushrooms and Snow Peas
My husband and I returned from Canada yesterday late in the afternoon and I knew that I would have to stop at the local grocery store before I could make dinner. I was feeling an Asian void in our diet of late and decided to make a meal that would remind us of the Far East. Dinner was on the table in 20 minutes... Our love affair with Asian food began 12 years ago when we first moved to Hong Kong. I loved visiting the outdoor food stalls (dai pai dongs) in Hong Kong and later in Singapore and Bangkok. The old familiar sound of propane fiercely firing a gigantic wok brings back a flood of gastronomic delights. One wok but, oh, so many scrumptious dishes churned out for the hungry patrons. And, it was dirt cheap! I think the most amusing part of watching the food being prepared is how these guys (yes, usually it was a man behind the wok and usually with a cigarette precariously hanging out of the corner of his mouth) could work so fast and not get burnt by the billowing flame that engulfed their woks. Once you get past the untidy, questionable food safety issues of a dai pai dong, and the plastic table and stools, you won't be disappointed with the food! Sadly, though, these food stalls in Hong Kong are slowly disappearing to the redevelopment of old districts.