Fried noodles, or the Mauritian "mine frire"

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Fried noodles Mauritius

Here is a new recipe for one of the most popular dishes in Mauritius. The fried noodles dish, or commonly known as "mine frire", is a dish for food lovers. Like all other noodles, this dish originated in Asia, particularly China. However, unlike other dishes, it is not only the Chinese who excel in the art of preparing "mine frire". Fried noodles are sold everywhere, in large and small restaurants and even in hotels. You can also prepare this dish at home! 

Noodles are made from flour, water, salt and oil. They are sold in supermarkets in one-kilo or 500-gram bags. It is a relatively easy dish to prepare and does not require great culinary skill. All you need is the right ingredients and time. You can also vary the meat and ingredients to suit your taste. The dish mainly consists of stir-frying noodles with other ingredients which are all well seasoned with dark soy sauce (siaw). It is basically a Chinese dish that can be concocted in a few minutes.

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Fried noodles, the famous Mauritian dish

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What makes fried noodles so special? This popular dish among Mauritians and tourists is not only simple to prepare, but also delicious. Give it a try! We give you the recipe. You won't regret it!

Ingredients :

  • 2 packets of fresh egg noodles (about 410 grams per packet)
  • 2 chicken fillets
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 1/4 cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 bunch of onion
  • 3 large eggs
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • About 7 tablespoons of dark soy sauce (depending on the colour you want for your noodles)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of monosodium glutamate (optional)
  • Half a cup of water
  • Vegetable oil for stir-frying

How to prepare the fried noodles dish?

  1. Finely chop your cabbage, carrots and onions.
  2. Cut your chicken fillets into small cubes.
  3. Heat your wok on a high heat with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Once hot, add your chicken fillets.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and add ½ teaspoon of black soy sauce.
  5. Cook to the end and set aside.
  6. Put the garlic in a blender with half a cup of water and blend until smooth.
  7. Finish your preparations by beating together your 3 eggs and cooking them like an omelette.
  8. Now that all your preparations are complete, you can now start your stir-fry.
  9. For this step, it is best to do it in 2 batches to make it easier to cook the noodles.
  10. Using the same wok in which you fried your chicken, add about 2 tablespoons of oil.
  11. Throw in half of your chopped cabbage and fry for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  12. Then add your carrots and 3 tablespoons of your garlic mixture.
  13. Stir well for another 2 minutes.
  14. Add 1 bag of fresh egg noodles and stir to coat the noodles with the oil, adding the soy sauce to taste (be careful, if you put too much in, your noodles will be dark and salty).
  15. Stir well for 2 to 3 minutes (sprinkle with a tablespoon of monosodium glutamate if you wish).
  16. Add half of your chicken, shrimp and chopped onion and mix well.
  17. Pour into your serving dish.
  18. Repeat this process for the second half.
Fried noodles from Mauritius

You can also vary the way you eat this dish. Some people prefer it dry, while others like to eat the noodles with dumplings and a good hot broth. Add a little freshly picked and chopped garlic to the dish. You won't be disappointed with your masterpiece! 

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