The real thing - I modified from Epicurious which was a beef chow mein. I like to use a variety of vegetables including broccoli, onion, baby corn, asparagus and capsicum. We don't particularly enjoy bok choy but you can use it.
- add 1 teaspoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
- add 5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps quartered (2 1/2 cups)
- add 8 ounces fresh thin Chinese egg noodles
- add 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- add 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- add 6 ounces choy sum, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces (2 1/2 cups) or inch-wide broccoli florets
- add 1 tablespoon rice wine (preferably Shaoxing) or medium-dry sherry
- add 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- add 3 scallions, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)
- add 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- add 1/4 cup peanut oil (or less)
- add 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Bring 8 cups unsalted water to a boil in a 6- to 8-quart pot, then add noodles, stirring to separate, and cook 15 seconds. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until noodles are cool, then shake colander briskly to drain excess water.
- Stir together soy sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce, and cornstarch with 1/4 teaspoon white pepper in a small bowl until smooth, then stir in chicken broth.
- Heat wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within 1 to 2 seconds of contact, then add 1/2 cup peanut oil and heat until just smoking. Carefully add noodles all at once, flattening top to form a 9-inch cake. Cook until underside is golden, 4 to 5 minutes, rotating noodle cake with a metal spatula to brown evenly and lifting edges occasionally to check color.
- Carefully flip noodle cake over with spatula and tongs, then cook, rotating cake, until other side is golden, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer noodle cake to a large paper-towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Discard any oil remaining in wok and wipe out wok with paper towels.
- Transfer drained noodle cake to a platter and loosely cover with foil to keep warm.
- Heat wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within 1 to 2 seconds of contact.
- Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok over high heat. When oil just begins to smoke, add ginger and garlic and stir-fry 5 seconds, then add scallions and stir-fry 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and stir-fry until softened, about 3 minutes. Add choy sum and stir-fry until leaves are bright green and just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes (if using broccoli, cook until almost crisp-tender).
- Stir broth mixture, then pour into wok and stir-fry until sauce is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Return mixture just to a boil, then pour over noodle cake.