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Quang noodle - mi quang

 Knowing Vietnamese noodles can be extremely helpful, as “pho” is to Hanoi and beef rice noodles is to Hue, Quang noodles is very popular in Quang Nam and Da Nang.

Quang noodle soups differ than most normal noodle soups in that the soups have just enough broth to barely cover the noodles. Unlike other Vietnamese noodle soup bowls whose broth will cover the noodles almost completely, Quang noodle broth is barely enough to slurp during the meal. If you do not eat a Quang noodle bowl fast enough, the broth will generally quickly be soaked up by the noodles. Quang noodle soups are generally pork and dried shrimp broth based, although some regional and family recipes will use chicken and even duck. What makes Quang noodle soups unique is the richness of the broth, the lack of it and the crushed peanut toppings on the noodles.

There are many Quang noodle restaurants in Quang Nam and Da Nang. Each area is famous for one certain recipe. For example, Thanh Chiem Village in Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province is known for shrimp noodle, while chicken noodle is at its best in Tuy Loan, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City.

A traditional version says: “I make for you, darling, green tea and Quang noodles to express my feelings”. Thus, you can visit a Quang noodle kiosk in Danang City to enjoy the typical flavor of the soups, for instance: Ngan Quang Noodle at 108 Dong Da Street, Lu Quang Noodle at Ham Nghi Street, Vi Quang Noodle at 155 Trung Nu Vuong Street and so on.

Quang noodle recipe

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 60 mins

1 liter broth
300g (10oz) pork ham, cut into thin slices
200g (7oz) Vietnamese Sausage (or Hue Sausaga), cut into thin slices
300g (10oz) small fresh shrimps, deveind
1kg (2.2lbs) fresh Quang noodle (or 500g of dried flat rice noodles)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon annatto seeds (or annatto powder)
3 teaspoons stock granules
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup cooking oil
2 sesame rice paper wrappers
60g (2oz) roasted peanuts, pestled
4 cloves garlic, bruised
200g (7oz) mint leaves and lettuce, well-washed, thinly sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
1 tablespoon minced saw-leaf herbs
100g (3 ½ oz) shredded bananaflower, soaked in water with a teaspoon of lime juice
5 shallots, thinly sliced
1 lime, quartered
10 small green chilies

Heat a tablespoon of cooking oil in a skillet. Add annatto seeds and stir-fry over low heat to lose their color. Discard the seeds. Set annatto oil aside in a bowl.

Add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, shallots and garlic to the skillet and fry. Add pork, stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Season with 2 teaspoons of stock granules, a teaspoon of fish sauce, a teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of turmeric powder. Add shrimps to stir-fry togather. Add ½ cup of broth to the skillet. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Mix well and season again to have a pleasant taste. Add annatto oil and ½ teaspoon of pepper.

Heat a pot with broth. Bring to a boil, season again and keep it hot on the cooker.

Scald Quang noodles in boiling water. If using dried flat rice noodles, soak in hot water for 5 minutes, then scald in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until just soft. Take out and drain noodles, mix with a tablespoon of cooking oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together.

Grill sesame rice paper wrappers until yellow.

Add noodles (of flat rice noodles) to a bowl. Arrange sausages, pork, shrimps over. Sprinkle with a little sauce from the skillet with shrimps. Then, add hot broth to wet noodles. Sprinkle with roasted peanuts and saw-leaf herbs on top.

Serve with grilled rice paper wrappers, a dish of mixed vegetables, lime and small green chilies.

Notice: Quang noodles is eaten in a dryness style, which means noodles is only wetted with broth and do not pour too much broth like pho or hutieu. To have a good taste, Quang noodles must be eaten with a lot of vegetables. You can add crab meat, chicken breast meat, fish ballds, chicken eggs or thinly sliced squids to have a more attactive and plentiful bowl of Quang noodles.


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