We just love how diverse India’s street food culture is! Visit anywhere across India and you’ll find a variety of unique options that help define that place’s eating habits. Take Kolkata as an example. Kolkata offers a wide variety of street food – from phucka and jhalmuri to greasy egg rolls, so many options leave us spoiled for choice. If you look closely, each of these dishes is affordable, accessible, and made with locally sourced ingredients. Besides, the taste (of these foods) also helps you understand the taste of the city. One of Kolkata’s famous street foods is chicken chowmein. A perfect example of Chinese food, it’s noodles mixed with vegetables, chicken, sauces and some other condiments. In essence, chicken chowmein is greasy, spicy, and incredibly delicious, attracting a huge fanbase of its own. So much so that today, you’ll find street-style chowmein in different parts of the country. That’s not all. Many of us also make it at home. But let’s agree, getting the right texture of chowmein isn’t as easy as you might think. In fact, most of us overcook our dishes, leaving them sticky and mushy. People wonder why?!
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The secret lies in the way the noodles are boiled. That’s right! Boiling the noodles the right way will help you get the exact street-style texture of chowmein without much fuss. Want to know tricks? Then this article is just for you.
Here are 6 simple tips to cook noodles just right:
1. Take a sufficient amount of water in a bowl, add oil and a little salt to it. Some also add a bit of turmeric.
2. Let the water boil completely.
3. Put raw pho noodles into boiling water, stir well with a fork. Do not stir too thoroughly; that will break the noodles into pieces.
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4. When you see that the noodles are almost 75% cooked, filter the water. Make sure the noodles have a decent texture.
5. Place noodles immediately under cold running water to prevent further cooking. Let the water drain completely.
6. Spread the noodles on a flat surface and apply the oil on top gently.
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Now that you have the perfect boiled noodles, what are you waiting for? Grab all the necessary ingredients and make your own Kolkata street-style chicken chowmein at home. We’ve also found the recipe for you. Click here for the Kolkata street style chicken chowmein recipe.
And for those who don’t like chicken, here’s also the egg and veggie version of the recipe.
Click here for the egg chowmein recipe.
Click here for a vegetarian chowmein recipe.
Try the recipe today and let us know if those tips worked for you!