Growing up I was so lucky to live next door to a wonderful family, who came over from the Philippines in the 70s. I have such fond memories of playing with their daughter Marianne when I was little, but most of all I remember their generosity, as more often than not they would knock on our door with steaming plates of noodles, chicken and other delicious foods! I have kept in touch with the family ever since, who still live next door to my childhood home. I have been in touch with them recently and Marianne and her father Tony have shared with me one of their noodle recipes and a really tasty, but simple marinade that they used on the chicken.
I made this recipe recently for my own family and it felt so good to share this delicious dish and the happy memories attached to it, I hope you enjoy it too!
Prep: 20 mins plus marinating time
Cook: 45 mins
Ingredients: For the Chicken Drumsticks; 8 chicken drumsticks, 3 tbsp. of tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 garlic clove
For the noodles; 250g dried wok noodles, 1 red pepper, 2 celery sticks, 1 carrot, 1/2 Chinese cabbage (or you can use something like Savoy), 1 small/medium onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 chicken stock cube, tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of oil
- First make your chicken marinade, thinly slice your garlic clove and mix together with the ketchup and soy sauce
- Coat your drumsticks in the mixture and leave in the fridge for at least 30mins or overnight
- Preheat your oven to 210F, place your chicken in the middle of the oven and cook for 35 – 45 mins turning half way through and checking that your chicken is cooked before serving, (use a knife close to the bone to make sure all the juices are clear)
- While your chicken is cooking prepare your noodles
- Thinly slice your onion and garlic and set aside
- Thinly shred the cabbage and dice all the other vegetables
- In a wok or deep saucepan heat the oil and gently cook the onion and garlic for 5 mins
- To this now add the chicken stock made with 100ml of water and the soy sauce, mix and add the rest of your veg to the pan, give it a good stir
- Now add your dried noodles and 720ml of boiling water
- Bring to a high simmer and leave your noodles to absorb all the water for 6 – 8 minutes stirring occasionally ( I have never cooked noodles like this before and was a bit nervous, but it worked a treat and it meant that they soaked up ALL of the flavours).
- Serve the steaming noodles with your cooked chicken and enjoy…I know I did!
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