Living in Turkey is great because of all the great produce available as well as the abundance of spices in the market. But sometimes we miss our favourites from back home, and one of mine is good old Chinese Takeaway Curry. So here is a quick and easy recipe For Chinese chicken curry with noodles that anyone can follow.
(All ingredients were found here in Turkey.)
You could also serve with fried rice (recipe on this site) instead of the noodles as an alternative. I find this recipe works best with pre-roasted chicken, so perfect for that left over chicken after a Sunday roast. Also you can just use the curry sauce recipe for dipping your chips in while watching your favourite TV show.
2 onions (roughly cut in slices)
1 green pepper (thinly sliced with seeds removed)
1 red pepper (thinly sliced with seeds removed)
A handful of mushrooms (sliced)
Some chopped papaya or pineapple
Cooked chicken pieces from a roasted chicken
Olive Oil (for frying)
Chinese curry sauce (recipe below)
Egg fried noodles (4 squares)
Bean sprouts (optional)
Fry the onions in a little olive oil (about 1-2 tablespoons) for a few minutes then add the peppers and mushrooms. Fry for about another 5 minutes or until they start to turn golden, then add the curry sauce (see below for sauce recipe).
Allow to simmer for a few minutes, then add the cooked chicken pieces and papaya (or pineapple). The fruit is optional but adds sweetness. Simmer over a low heat for about another 5 – 10 minutes.
Place the noodles and beansprouts (if using) in some boiling water and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until soft.
Strain the noodles and lay in the bottom of a bowl. Spoon the chicken over the top and drizzle with extra sauce.
***For the Chinese Curry Sauce
3 chicken stock cubes
1½ pints boiling water
3 tablespoons cornflour (mixed with sufficient cold water to make a paste)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger (or fresh grated ginger)
¼ teaspoon mild chilli powder (can use hot chilli powder if you prefer a kick)
2 teaspoons mild curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large jug, mix stock cubes with boiling water and stir until they have dissolved. Add cornflour paste and stir until thick.
Stir in the oyster sauce and soy sauce. Add five spice powder, ground ginger, chilli powder and curry powder. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.
It is now ready to be used as a base sauce for curry. Or you can use alone for dipping chips in.