auntie mona’s seriously awesome noodles… typical cantonese-style home cooking
Auntie Mona is my father’s oldest sister and immigrated to Edinburgh well before I took the form of a soy bean in my mummy’s tummy. Though I’d met her as a child when she used to visited us in Singapore, I really remembered her as the mysterious auntie who lived abroad but very kindly always sent us very generous ang pows (in pounds!) at Chinese New Year.
About 10 years ago when my mum came for a visit, we finally made the pilgrimage to meet her again. For years, my parents have raved about auntie Mona’s cooking. When auntie Mona moved to Scotland, she and my uncle opened one of the first proper Chinese restaurants there – she was the chef and he managed front of house. She sold the business many years ago to retire early but her love and passion for cooking has never abated. Today, she spends her time travelling around the world and tries to convince my mum to go on as many cruises with her as possible, and when they do go away together, they spend their time onboard taking cooking courses 🙂
During our visit, we spent 3 days with her and everything my parents said about auntie Mona’s culinary skills are true. My husband’s scoffing of at least 2-3 bowls of everything she cooked proved how much he loved her cooking, and I think she too was really happy that my English husband showed such appreciation for her style of Chinese food.
Auntie Mona made these noodles one night when we decided we’d rather stay in than to eat out. I remember her being so apologetic for only making us noodles for dinner but she really didn’t need to be because the noodles were, quite simply, awesome… and I mean seriously awesome!
So, I’ve named today’s recipe after auntie Mona and her seriously awesome noodles.
I’m afraid the main ingredients can only be found in Chinese grocery stores but do hunt it down because once you have it, the dish itself is soooooo easy to make and only takes less than 15 minutes to cook. Here’s the recipe.