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Kung Pao Noodles: Recipe Using Chicken

Updated on September 14, 2011
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Kung Pao Noodles

Who invented noodles? For years, the Chinese, Italians and Arabs have tried to lay claim to this ingenious culinary invention. If dead people can talk; buried, long dead noodles probably can talk too! Just ask some long, lost millet noodles.

According to a BBC News report, archeologists uncovered the remains of the world’s oldest noodles. Sitting in pot, are some 50cm long strands of yellow noodles, browned with age, but nonetheless intact, probably buried during a catastrophic flood. Now, the million dollar question is where? In the Laijia Archaelogical site on the Yellow River, China.



Radiocarbon dating of the material taken from this site indicated that the noodles were 4,000 years old. Wow! But noodles actually date far back—the earliest written record of noodles is traced back to a book written during the East Han Dynasty (bet. AD. 25 and 220).

While the Italians and Arabs can still contend about these archaeological evidences, researchers in Beijing were quick to explain, “Our discovery indicated that noodles were first produced in China.”

Whoever! I’m just glad that someone came up with these culinary strands of deliciousness.

My version of Kung Pao Noodles is a happy marriage between Chinese sauces and good old Italian noodles. Here’s to Asian Fusion:

Delicious Kung Pao Noodles
Delicious Kung Pao Noodles

Kung Pao Noodles


3 tablespoons of oyster sauce

3 tablespoons of Ketchup

1 teaspoon of soya sauce

1 teaspoon of sugar

Mix all the above in a small bowl.

2 chicken breast, thinly sliced

2 scallions, cut into chunks

1 red pepper, diced

1 cup of green beans (optional)

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 thumb of ginger, sliced

4 or 5 dried red chili pods

A handful of peanuts or cashews

1. Coat the pan with some sesame oil.

2. Sautee garlic, ginger, red chili pods until fragrant.

3. Add chicken and sautee until done.

4. Toss in diced peppers and green beans and sautee for a minute or two.

5. Add noodles and sauce and mix well.

6. Season with salt and sugar to taste if needed (according to personal preference).

7. Garnish with scallions and nuts.

Dish it up and enjoy!


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    anglnwu 8 years ago

    Glad your noodles turned out well and nobody died (that's the most important part). You know it's the cook, not the recipe--so kudos on your efforts. Have a good weekend too.

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    tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

    anglnwu I just wanted to let you know I made the noodles and they turned out great ! I am also happy to report to you the kitchen did not burn down and no one died after they ate my cooking ! Just followin up . Have a nice weekend .

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    anglnwu 8 years ago

    Thanks for stopping by, Tony. I'm a fan of CPK too. Let me know how your dish turns out.

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    tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

    anglnwu I look forward to cooking this dish . I am also a big fan of California Pizza Kitchen !

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    anglnwu 9 years ago

    Glad you enjoyed it. It's my daughter's favorite noodle dish.

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    ReuVera 9 years ago from USA

    So. I made it and we all LOVED our dinner. The spices made it really addictive in a good sense.

    Sorry, no left overs.....everything was consumed.......mmmmmm yammmmi

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    anglnwu 9 years ago

    Let me know how it went. Don't forget to send some over. Thanks .

  • ReuVera profile image

    ReuVera 9 years ago from USA

    Great! Thank you for my tomorrow menu! Now I don't have to think what to cook for dinner!

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    anglnwu 9 years ago

    Thanks for dropping by. I love orange chicken too. I make them from time to time.

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    Writer Rider 9 years ago

    That's what I learned years ago...that it's a Chinese invention. Yum. I have kung pao chicken all the time but I have to say I prefer orange chicken.


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