It's not difficult as you may think but a little bit tedious because of so much chopping and cutting and slicing and dicing. You get the point.
Vermicilli noodles (preferably bean thread noodles from the Asian
garlic, crushed or pressed
onion, medium size, sliced
meat - shredded chicken, sliced beef or pork etc. (this can be omitted if you're a vegetarian)
shrimp, boiled and peeled - can be omitted also
chopped vegetables - cabbage, carrots, green onions, mushrooms, water chestnuts, celery - any kind of greens really
anatto or paprika or saffron (for coloring, optional)
2 boiled eggs (need the yolk, crumbled)
wok if you have
chicken or beef stock - 4 cups of bouillon (sp) or if you are starting from scratch, boil chicken with an onion and a celery stalk and some peppercorns - shred the chicken - and save the stock - optional but adds so much flavor if included
Amounts - no set amount - it depends on how much goodies you want in your noodles or how much noodles you want in your goodies.
Usually what I do, before I start, I soak the vermicilli noodles in the boiled chicken stock. You can also soak the noodles in plain water. (Note, the noodles may be looooong, so it is wise to cut them with scissors while they are soaking.)
While the noodles are soaking,
Heat sliced onions and pressed garlic in hot oil - make sure to crank up the heat to high - until onion becomes transparent and garlic turns brown. You have to stir them in the oil.
Add your meats and shrimp, stir until meat turns brown. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper to add more flavor.
(Remember this is in high heat and you have to stir all the time.)
Add your vegetables ... quick quick quick. Stir stir stir!
At this point, the juices of the meat and vegetables are oozing out, you have a cauldron of aromatic mixture especially if you have celery in the mix. Add your yellow coloring if you have (annatto, saffron or paprika, just a pinch or so to make yellow stand out).
Once you have your mixture thoroughly mixed, add the noodles and stir again. You have to be quick otherwise your vegetables will get soggy.
Garnish with extra shrimp, shredded green onions and parsley, and crumbled egg yolk.
A squeeze of lemon or a sprinkling of lemon juice mixed with soy sauce would also add a zest before partaking.
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