- 2 tbsp soy sauce (Note 1)
- 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Note 2)
- 2 1/2 tsp curry powder (hot or ordinary, Note 3)
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp white pepper (black also ok)
- 100g / 3 oz dried rice vermicelli noodles (Note 4)
- 2 tbsp peanut oil , separated
- 8-10 medium raw shrimp / prawns , shelled and deveined
- 2 eggs , beaten
- 1/2 medium onion , thinly sliced (yellow, brown or white)
- 4 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 tsp ginger , freshly grated
- 1/2 lb / 250g Chinese barbecue pork (Char Siu), thinly sliced (Note 5)
- 1 cup red capsicum / bell pepper
- 2 tsp thinly sliced hot green pepper (adjust to taste, optional)
- Combine the Sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
- Place rice vermicelli noodles in a large bowl filled with boiled water and soak as per packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok or heavy based fry pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp/prawns, cook until just cooked - about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Add the egg and spread it out to make a thin omelette. Once set, use a spatula to roll it up, remove from the wok and slice (while still rolled up).
- Return the wok to medium heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Add the garlic, ginger and onion, cook for 2 minutes until onion is slightly softened.
- Add capsicum and cook for 1 minute.
- Add noodles and Sauce, give it a few tosses. Then add the egg, pork, shrimp/prawns, chillies (if using). Toss until the sauce coats all the noodles and everything is heated through - about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- I use all purpose soy sauce (Kikkoman) or light soy sauce. I don't recommend dark soy sauce, the flavour is too intense.
- Also known as Shaoxing wine. Substitute with dry sherry, cooking sake or Mirin. If you can't consume alcohol, use chicken broth.
- Any generic curry powder is fine here. I use Keens or Clives of India, both general curry powders sold at supermarkets. I use hot because I like the spice!
- Wai Wai is the brand I recommend if you can get it, for both texture and also it holds up well to lots of tossing action. Rice vermicelli is very cheap - usually $2 for quite a large bag - and nowadays you'll find it at everyday supermarkets.