Stir-fried Shaanxi Pasta (Mashi)
Style: Shaanxi Cuisine
Characteristics: Mashi cooked with the recipe below is tasty, smooth and digestive.
Shaanxi Pasta (mashi or cat's ear noodles), a kind of pasta favored by northwestern Chinese, can be either braised (like Braised Shaanxi Pasta) or stir-fried.
It's rare to eat it at the local people's home especially at the youth's nowadays, since the way of making Shaanxi Pasta does need skills. Hereunder is the most popular way to make Stir-fried Shaanxi Pasta.
150g pasta (mashi)
50g fresh mushrooms
1 fresh chili pepper
half a carrot
chopped green onion
1. The amount of the ingredients above serves one person.
2. The amount of the ingredients especially seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
Wash and clean the mushrooms, carrot and chili pepper, dice them, and put into separate plates.
Half fill a wok with water, turn on the heat and pour in the mashi when the water is boiling. Stir and boil for about 5 minutes until the mashi is 90% cooked, and then turn off the heat. Remove and drain off the water through a colander. Put the mashi in a basin or a bowl.
Empty the wok and place it over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, and add the chopped green onion, chili pepper, carrot and mushroom dices one by one when the oil is sizzling. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add the tomato ketchup and boiled mashi and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the salt and pepper powder, and stir-fry for 20 seconds more.
Now Stir-fried Shaanxi Pasta (mashi) is ready. Turn off the heat, spoon it out of the wok and serve in a plate.
On Apr. 20, 2012, Mr. Martin & Ms. Morresa from USA were excited to learn to cook Chinese dumplings and Mashi (a special food of Shaanxi) from a housewife when visiting a local Xi'an family during their China tour organized by Travelchinaguide. The most hard but interesting should be making the Mashi which needs good skills at kneading dough, rolling flour paste and making Mashi only with thumb.
On Oct. 20, 2011, Mr. Andy & Ms. Michelle from Australia had an unforgettable experience through taking part in our family visit tour with Chinese cooking class. Owing to the good patience of the hostess, Andy and Michelle succeeded in learning to cook Kung Pao Chicken and Stir-fried Shaanxi Pasta (Mashi).
On May 8, 2010, Ms. Sarah and Ms. Carmen from USA, and Ms. Inés from Colombia visited a local family in Xi'an privately when they joined TravelChinaGuide's tour group. During the visit, they also learned to cook Chinese Dumplings & Stir-fried Shaanxi Pasta (Mashi) from the hospitable hostess.