My secret to good noodle is……

Can you believe that I spent one and half hours to prepare a dish of noodle tonight?! Yes, a good dish of noodle can really take a long time to cook. My secret recipe to good noodle is scallion oil, which takes longer time to cook. But it’s not difficult at all. All you need is patience.

First, let’s cook scallion oil. You need some shallots and spring onions. You can use regular onions instead, but shallot has better flavor than onions. Cut all the ingredients. Then separate the spring onion’s white part and green part. Second, we can start to cook the oil. I used about 300ml vegetable oil. The amount of oil should cover all the shallots and onions. Turn on the fire and put in the shallot at once. To avoid burning the ingredient, use the low heat all the time.

Put the shallots first because they contain more water. You may want all the ingredients to lose their water till the end, so the order to cook is shallot — onion white — onion green. When you feel that the shallots start to evaporate, add the onion white. If you think this is too slow and the waiting is excruciating, just play with your phone, but don’t forget to stir them from time to time. Don’t over cook them. When the shallots and onion white turn yellow, you can start to add the greens.

Finally, when you feel that all the ingredients become hard and dry, you can turn off the oven. Use a strainer to drain off the oil and put the fried ingredients aside. Now the oil is finished. This is not the amount for one meal. You can bottle it and put it in the fridge for a month.

This oil has really delicious scallion fragrance. It can be used as salad dressing, noodle sauce or cooking vegetables. Though it takes time to cook it, once it’s cooked, you can keep it for a month.

I used the scallion oil to cook the meat paste. I also used some drops of the oil on the boiled noodle to enhance the flavor. Don’t forget the fried shallots and spring onions. Mix them with the noodle and the mix paste.

Now you know the reason why it took forever for me to prepare a bowl of noodle for one. Also you know my secret recipe.

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