Tea Oil Noodles

Tea oil noodles
Our Lunch (clockwise from top left: Tea Oil Noodles, Tofu on Hotplate, Shrimp in Wine and Tea Leaves, Stir Fried Spinach

My classmate from secondary school came to visit last weekend.  We went up to Maokong, a mountain in Taipei to explore the tea plantations and stopped at a local restaurant for lunch. It was a lovely spring day and we were lucky to get a table on the outside balcony, overlooking the tea plantations. It was really fun catching up with her… and I was amazed to hear that she had recently started a company called HomeFoods (https://homefoodsgroup.com) – a service in Singapore that delivers fresh ingredients in the exact right proportions and easy to follow instructions to the customer’s doorstep .. to make cooking fun and easy plus you get a hot, healthy meal in minutes! It is perfect for busy people or if you wish to make a gourmet meal at home, you won’t have to spend all day hunting down all the right cuts of meats or spices. If you live in Singapore, do give it a try!

Of the dishes we ordered, my visitors loved best the uniquely Taiwan home-style dish called Tea Oil Noodles.

Tea oil noodles is really simple to make.  Very thin noodles called Mian Xian (麵線) or “mee sua” are cooked quickly in boiling water and then tossed lightly in Tea Seed Oil (苦茶油), sesame oil and soy sauce.  The combination of oils makes for a surprisingly fragrant and flavorful dish. Tea oil noodles is actually eaten as a breakfast food in Taiwan. I have re-created it here for my dinner tonight, to go with stir fried beef!

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Stir Fried Beef with Asparagus Tips, Tea Oil Noodles

1 bunch of thin noodles (about a fistful)
1-2 Tbsp Tea oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
Spring onions, chopped
Chili, cut into small pieces (for garnish)

  1. Put the noodles in a pot of boiling water for 3 mins. Remove it while it is al dente.
  2. Drain and toss the noodles with all the ingredients.
  3. Serve hot.

(Note: Tea Oil may be found in Asian grocery stores in Western countries or Amazon. It is usually in a slim bottle and looks like extra premium olive oil)