Street Style Noodles

street style noodles

Your Guide to Indian Street Style Noodles at Home! 

Don’t you miss being out and at one of your favourite food destinations? Do you remember that large Chinese wok, being hit by a waft of all the deliciousness cooking in it and of course that familiar face preparing truly the tastiest Chinese fast food? So I thought why not make some Street Style Noodles?

Well if your answer to both those questions was yes, join the “I miss my Chinese bandi food” vala club with me as president (Let’s also address the word “bandi” which you’ll quickly notice is a repeating trend in my recipe. Bandi is the Telugu word literally meaning vehicle but in this context means a street stall). But instead of wallowing in the sadness of what I missed, I decided to metaphorically take to the streets and speak to the man who makes the best street style Chinese noodles in my opinion – my neighbourhood Chinese Street Food stall owner! 

This recipe, through the help of this man, became the guide to your Street Style Chinese noodles! 

Street style Chinese noodles have always been comfort food for people across the country. They are generally Hakka noodles cooked with sauces and veggies on a flaming Chinese wok with all the Indian spices you’re familiar with! It’s the perfect example of Indo-Chinese food and how it has a warm, chow mein shaped place in most Indians’ hearts. The beauty of these noodles is the fact that every stall has a different take on the same recipe. Even a little tweak in the method or the ratios of ingredients allows for so much expansion of flavour! 

So today I bring to you the tricks, tips, and trade secrets on how to make flavorful Street Style noodles from the comfort of your own kitchen.  

The Truth about Bandi (Street style) Noodles 

Yes, I’m doing an entire segment just to expose these street styles or Bandi noodles for their mouth-watering yumminess! 

First, let’s talk about why street style noodles aren’t perfectly replicable at home. Besides the obvious reason being the lack of experience or skill, it’s the equipment. Street style noodles have that crisp bite to them because bandi owners usually make an investment in High Range Burners.

These burners allow them to crank up the heat and provide the noodles and veggies with extra crisp texture to them. Another piece of equipment most people lack at home is Chinese Wok. This underrated utensil is the reason Bandi noodles have a smoky aftertaste to every bite!

A Chinese wok is a very thinly made wok which not only allows the pan to heat up faster but truly brings a fiery taste to the noodles. Another common ingredient these vendors use is something they call ‘tasting salt’. Although it sounds like something new it is just Ajinomoto or MSG.

MSG can honestly sound very intimidating to use at home but here’s a resource talking about how it’s perfectly safe to use at home as well: 

Tips and Tricks of the Trade 

While talking to Chinese Food Bandi owner, I realized that there were so many small tricks that if used at home would bring me the closest possible recreation of my favourite bandi noodles! Here’s all of them: 

Always plan ahead and pre-cook all the veggies and the noodles. Using a high flame while mixing the ingredients will not give you enough time to actually cook the ingredients. So always keep your ingredients ready to go.

Maintain a high flame throughout the cook! Cooking the ingredients on a high flame will allow the crispy outer layer to form and really give your noodles the crunch they need! 

Don’t shy away from spices at all. Take all the spices you know and love and use them in the noodles! 

White pepper. This spice makes a remarkable difference in the taste of the sauce and the noodles. It’s a signature Chinese flavour and is sometimes ignored! 

Lastly, as if I hadn’t stressed on it enough already, get yourself a Chinese Wok and get it today! Click here to buy one. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t let you miss out on something called “Wok Hie”. It literally translates to “breath of the wok” and adds a priceless flavour to the dish. 

Procedure for Street Style Noodles!

So the first thing you have to do is start heating some water with a generous amount of salt. Once it comes to a rolling boil add your noodles and boil them.

Then while the noodles are being boiled start with chopping your vegetables. In this case, I went for some red and green bell peppers, onions, cabbage, and carrots. You can also add Beans if you like them.

Then the next thing you need is to take all your spices in a bowl. I took some chilli powder, garam masala, pepper powder, and some MSG.

spice mix for street style noodles

Since you will be cooking on high flame you won’t have the time to do much during cooking. So make sure you mix all your sauce and make a homogenous mixture in advance. I mixed green chilli sauce, red chilli sauce, soy sauce, and some vinegar. Mix it properly and you ready to go.

sauce  ixture for street style noodles

Then strain your noodles once they are boiled and dress them with some oil. Heat your wok and start sauteing your vegetables. Once you saute them for 20 seconds add your noodles and your sauce and spices. From here you pretty much have to cook them for another minute on high and toss properly.

Garnish with some spring onions and it is ready. You can also check the seasoning but all your components are already very well seasoned, like your noodles and even soy sauce had a generous amount of salt. But if you still feel you need to add some more feel free to do that.

Yield: 2

Street Style Noodles

street style noodles

If you are a street food lover this is for you. This is your favourite Street Style Noodles recipe and I am sure after this recipe you will be able to make it exactly street style!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Packet Noodles
  • Salt for Noodles Water
  • 20 ml Oil
  • 5 g Ginger (finely minced)
  • 5 g Garlic (finely minced)
  • 20 g Onions (finely sliced)
  • 1 Carrot (finely sliced)
  • ¼ Cabbage (finely sliced)
  • 1 Capsicum (finely sliced)
  • 1 tspn Chilli Powder
  • 1 tspn White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tspn Garam Masala
  • ½ tspn MSG
  • 2 tbsp Green Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tbsp red Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tspn Vinegar
  • 20 g Spring Onions (Chopped)

Instructions

  1. Firstly you have to heat some water till it comes to a rolling boil with a generous amount of salt and the boil your noodles till they are 90% done.
  2. Then take a Chinese wok and heat it till it starts to smoke. Once it smokes add your oil and then immediately add your chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for 10 seconds and then add your all your chopped vegetables.chopped vegetables for street style noodles
  3. Saute all vegetables on high flame for about 30-40 seconds. Then it is time to add your sauces and spices to the vegetables. I would highly recommend you to make a sauce and spice mixture as shown below by combining all spices and sauces.spice mix for street style noodlessauce ixture for street style noodles
  4. After that dd your noodles as well and then toss everything properly until well combined and cooked. It should take about a minute on high flame.
  5. Now towards the end check for seasoning and garnish with chopped spring onions.

Notes

  • Always boil your noodles till 90% done.
  • Salt your noodles water generously.
  • Prepare everything in advance and keep it within hands reach while cooking.
  • Prepare a sauce and spice mixture so that it is easy for you while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 759Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 50mgSodium 1749mgCarbohydrates 95gFiber 7gSugar 20gProtein 31g

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Chinese Wok

Guys, I highly recommend this particular wok for all of your Chinese stir-fries and other dishes. It is a great investment for a long time and will get you some pretty amazing results whenever you make something with it.

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