ChongQing Hot and Sour Cellophane Noodles (重慶酸辣粉)

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, a.k.a. the gourmet paradise of Asia, I was very proud to find out an increasing popularity of Sichuan cuisine in this city where locals used to shy away from spicy food. But, I was completely blown away when I spotted Sichuan noodle shops that specialize in Hot and Sour Cellophane Noodles, a specialty noodle dish I grew up with in Sichuan/Szechuan (in the US, you can get these noodles from Chinese or Korean grocery stores).

Hot and Sour Celophane Noodles has been in my life for as long as I can remember. In Chongqing, the city I grew up in, From causal restaurants to street vendors, these noodles are virtually at every corner of street in my hometown Chongqing, China. It has always been a favorite amongst the local students thanks to the cheap price, fast serving, and most importantly a complicated flavor on simple ingredients.

I missed these noodles so much when I just moved to the States until I figured out how to make this comfort food at home. There are various ways to make these noodles. The recipe I am sharing here tops a brown meat sauce gravy to give a deeper flavor. You can substitute the pork with other kinds of meat or skip it completely.
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Ingredients:

Ingredients (for 2 servings)
1 batch cellophane noodles, about 6 oz (soak in water until soft)
4 oz Ground pork
2 head Chinese bok choi (can use other vegetables)

Gravy Condiments

1 tbsp Dark soy sauce

1 tbsp Cooking wine
2 tbsp Chopped Chinese preserved vegetables
1 tbsp Minced garlic
1 tsp Minced ginger
1 tbsp Corn starch dissolved in 2 tbsp of water
½ cup Chicken stock (hot and ready to serve)

Noodle Sauce Condiments (2 serving)

2 tbsp Hot oil (more if you like it spicy)
1 tsp Sichuan peppercorn powder
4 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp Dark vinegar
2 tbsp Chopped scallion and cilantro
2 tsp Minced garlic
½ cup Chicken stock
1 tsp Roasted peanuts (optional)[/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”custom”]Procedure:

1. In a skillet, add 2 tbsp of oil and cook the ground pork, preserved vegetables, ginger, and garlic over low heat. About 2 minutes
2. Add the rest of the condiments except chicken stock and corn starch to the meat. Cook for another 3 minutes until the meat is nice and brown
3. Add the chicken stock. Once boiled, simmer it in low heat for 5 minutes. Add corn starch to thicken the gravy.

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4. You can make the gravy in advance. I use this gravy for some of my other dishes so I normally make extra and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
5. Cook the bok choi in boiling water. Drain and place it on the bottom of a noodle bowl. Cook the noodles until done (about 5 minutes) and place them on top of the vegetables.
6. Combine the noodle sauce condiments and pour it on top of the noodles. Top it with 2 tbsp of gravy and garnish with scallion, cilantro, and roasted peanuts. [nggallery id=17][/stextbox]

20 comments

  1. 12

    I am an Arizonan who has lived in CQ nearly 4 years.  Going back to the States to visit always leaves me with an intense craving for these noodles.  Thank you for sharing how to make them in English!  –Wannabe CQ Girl

    • 12.1

      Hello Lori, thanks checking out my site and the kind words. I am actually visiting AZ as we speak and I absolutely love everything l’ve seen so far!

  2. 11

    Thanks for this delicious recipe, it is one of the frequently requested meals in our house now. We make it very often!

  3. 10

    Mmmmmmm!!!!
    I used your recipe for a family dinner last Sunday. Everyone LOVED this dish. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. 9

    My favorite dish!! You made it look simple. I got to try it out sometime… Thank you..

  5. 8

    Wow, that looks delicious 🙂 Definitely something I need to try out 🙂

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  7. 7

    I will try this one.

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  9. 6

    It sounds and looks so good, I will have to try this very soon.

  10. 5

    pictures are nice and sharp.
    What is 1 batch cellophane noodle (soak in water until soft)
    How do a natvie people buy cellophane noodle? Andy advice will be helpful to new learners.

    • 5.1

      Thanks Jun! You are right I am going to make it more descriptive in the post. Just fyi, the noodles can be purchased in Chinese and Korean grocery stores.

  11. 4

    I wanna try this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 3

    Hey Chef, I love this dish you made. It is very addicting after I had for the first time and also I don’t normally eat spicy food that much. But for this I can have two bowls! Thank you.

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