E-mein, also called E-fu noodle, is a Cantonese classic that I grew up enjoying. This rich egg noodle is fried and dehydrated and is often served at wedding banquets and celebratory dinners with lobster and crabmeat. It cooks fast and soaks up flavor. I miss grandma’s simple recipe the most, which I tried to capture below after years of “eye-balling” the ingredients.

Ingredients

Main

  • E-Mein/E-fu noodle  –  2pc (150-200g)
  • Chinese Mushroom (soaked and soften) – 8pc 
  • Chinese Yellow Chives – 60g 
  • Ginger 1 slice 

Sauce

  • Oyster Sauce  – 1.5 tablespoon 
  • Dark Soy Sauce – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Light Soy Sauce –  1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Rice wine – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup
    (you can also use the water from soaking the mushroom)

Preparation

At least 3 hours before cooking…

  1.  Soak Chinese mushroom for about 2 hours till softened Make the sauce.
    *Alternative you can use fresh mushroom and skip the soaking step. 

Slice and Dice… 

  1. Cut yellow chives into 1-inch sections
  2. Slice mushrooms
  3. Mix sugar, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and light soy sauce

Blanch noodles…

  1. Boil water in a medium-size Blanch noodle in the boiling water till just softened (less than al dente), about 5 minutes. You really have to “feel it out”. 
  2. Move noodles into a strainer. Rinse in cold water for about 15 seconds to stop the cooking. Strain to get rid of excess water.

Mix things up… 

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or non-stick pan
  2. Toss the sliced ginger into the pan, when it started sizzling, the temperate is right
  3. Add mushrooms to the pan, immediately add rice wine,  keep stir-frying.
  4. Add the sugar, soy, and oyster sauce mixture, and then add water, cook for about a minute.
  5. Add the cooked and strained noodle.
  6. Cook till the noodle absorbs all the sauce, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add yellow chives.  Stir fry for 1-2 minutes till noodle softens. Don’t overcook. Turn off heat. Chive will be cooked “medium-rare” by the latent heat.
  8. Ready to serve

Quick Tips

Can’t find yellow chives?
If you cannot find yellow chives, you can use the white part of the green onion. It will be much stronger in flavor. 

A little twist
Instead of dried Chinese mushrooms , you can replace them with:
– Fresh Shitake and Morel Mushroom, sliced and use as it
– Fresh straw mushroom, par boiled and strained. 

Hardware List
  • Pasta Pot
  • Strainer
  • Wok (or non-stick pan)