Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homemade Rice Noodles with Black Bean Sauce

It's pretty tough to mess up a dish like rice noodles with black bean sauce. There aren't many ingredients at all. Let's take a look at our family's version of rice noodles with black bean sauce:


Rice noodles
Soy Sauce
Dark soy sauce
Vegetable oil

Black bean sauce
Oyster sauce
Cornstarch/potato starch

Chinese broccoli
Thinly sliced beef

Easy enough, right? Well, apparently you can mess it up. You see, we had a bad batch of potato starch in our cupboards. It smelled like plastic and tasted like it too. Someone thought that the odour and taste of it would be covered up by the flavour of the sauce, so they used the sketchy potato starch to thicken the black bean sauce.

As for the noodles themselves, they tasted fine if you didn't mix any of the tainted sauce. Onions and rice noodles were sautéed together with a bit of soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar.

People just loaded their bowls of noodles with satay sauce and sriracha sauce. As for me, I stupidly added more black bean sauce (from the jar). It was sooo salty.

If you're going to take something from this, make sure you don't use ingredients that smell/taste off. I thought everyone knew that.

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