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Thick Ankake Sauce for Crispy Noodles and Rice Bowls

Thick Ankake Sauce for Crispy Noodles and Rice Bowls

This is the soy sauce based Chinese-flavored ankake sauce (a clear sauce thickened with starch) that I've been making forever. You can make a restaurant-style sauce easily. Serve with a ton of vegetables.

Ingredients: 1.5 to 2 servings used over crispy fried noodles or rice

Pork, shrimp, squid, frozen seafood mix, etc. (Whatever you have on hand, or just use veggies)
to taste
Chinese cabbage, cabbage, carrot, onion, Chinese chives, etc. - whatever you have in your fridge
to taste
A. Water
250 ml
A. Weipa
1/2 heaping teaspoon
A. Soy sauce
1/5 to 2 teaspoons
A. Sake
1/2 teaspoon
A. Oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon
A. Mirin
1/2 teaspoon
A. Grated garlic
just a little bit
B. Salt and pepper
to taste
Katakuriko
1.5 to 2 tablespoons (I prefer the sauce to be thick so I use 2 tablespoons)
Sesame oil
to taste
If the vegetables exude a lot of moisture, use 4 teaspoons of soy sauce.
I used a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon (2.5 ml)

Steps

1. Cut up the meat and/or seafood into bite sized pieces, sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of sake and leave for a while (while you're doing Steps 2 to 6).
2. Cut up the vegetables so that they'll cook through fast. I used 4 leaves of Chinese cabbage, 1/4 a large onion and 2 handfuls of bean sprouts.
3. Put all the A. ingredients into a pan and heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Heat until just before it comes to a boil. The sauce should taste just a bit too salty at this stage, and it will be just right later when you add the other ingredients.
4. I use Weipa soup stock base, but if you don't have this, use another chicken soup stock base and make 250 ml of soup from it.
5. Dissolve the katakuriko in 4 to 5 tablespoons of the Step 4 soup.
6. If you're serving this over rice, put the rice in a serving bowl and skip ahead to Step 11.
7. If you're making crispy fried noodles... Ppen up one side of a bag of semi-cooked yakisoba noodles, and microwave for 40 to 50 seconds at 600W.
8. Heat up a generous amount of oil (not listed) in a frying pan over high heat. (I use vegetable oil).
9. Put the heated noodles in the hot oil, and lightly untangle with chopsticks after a few seconds. Make a flat circle of noodle like a pancake.
10. Press down on the noodles occasionally and keep frying until they're as browned as you want them to be. Flip over and brown the other side. Drain and put on a plate.
11. Put some sesame oil in a frying pan or wok over high heat. Add the Step 1 ingredients, season with salt and pepper and stir fry.
12. When the Step 11 ingredients are about 80% cooked, add the Step 2 vegetables, starting with the ones that take longer to cook. Season with salt and pepper and stir fry, taking care not to let it burn, until the vegetables are wilted.
13. Add the Step 3 sauce all at once. 30 seconds after it comes to a boil, add the Step 5 katakuriko dissolved in soup and mix with your ladle so that the sauce doesn't clump.
14. When the sauce has thickened, pour the contents of the pan on top of the rice or noodles and it's done. (The quail egg in the photo was this color from the start.)
15. I love the thick, creamy sauce mixed with rather hard, crispy fried noodles.
16. Ankake sauce always gets more watery as you eat it, right? So I like to make it rather thick to start with, whether it's over rice or on noodles.
17. My family prefers a lot of rice and a lot of vegetables, so this recipe is for just 1 serving. Please make it with your preferred amount of vegetables and sauce.
18. You can even enjoy pre-fried noodles with a thick ankake sauce. Or try a slightly loose ankake sauce with the burnt bits of rice on the bottom of the pot when you cook rice... try experimenting with it yourself.
19. Recipe ID: 990606 "Easy and Faultless* Restaurant Style Tenshin-don" The thick sauce on that is similar to this.
20. Recipe ID: 1099790 "Our Family's Golden Ratio for Delicious and Authentic Chilled Chinese Noodles"

Story Behind this Recipe

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