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Start the new year with cold Sichuan noodles

Make a healthy plate of Sichuan-style cold noodles to refresh the palate.
Make a healthy plate of Sichuan-style cold noodles to refresh the palate.PHOTO: HEDY KHOO / THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - For most, there will be at least a tinge of regret over all that recent festive feasting.

To ease yourself into healthy eating, try this dish of Sichuan-style cold noodles.

I used flat and wide mung bean noodles.

The packet said to boil the noodles for up to nine minutes, but it took 20 minutes before they turned translucent and tender but still springy.

Use the peppercorn oil sparingly - a little goes a long way.


Ingredients

2 chicken legs (with skin)
½ tsp salt
20g ginger, sliced into 3 thick slices
1 stalk spring onion, cut into 5cm lengths
350ml iced water
70g black fungus
2.5 litres of water
225g flat and wide mung bean noodles
12 ice cubes
80g carrot, shredded
1 stalk Chinese celery, finely sliced
½ stalk spring onion, finely sliced
½ red finger chilli, seeded and finely sliced

For the noodle dressing:
1 Tbs sesame paste
2 Tbs light soy sauce
½ tsp salt
1 Tbs chilli oil
1 tsp Sichuan peppercorn oil

Method

1. Rub salt all over chicken legs.
2. Place 2 ginger slices and half of spring onion (5cm lengths) on bottom of plate.
3. Place chicken legs on top and add remaining ginger and spring onion (5cm lengths).
4. Steam on high heat for 20 minutes.
5. Remove chicken legs from steamer and plunge into iced water. Soak for 6 minutes then remove and pat dry.
6. Discard skin and debone. Slice and set aside. Discard bones.
7. Blanch black fungus for 3 minutes.
8. Remove any hard bits and slice thinly. Set aside.
9. In a pot, bring 2.5 litres of water to a boil.
10. Add in noodles and boil until noodles turn completely translucent.
11. Transfer noodles into a large sieve or colander and discard boiling liquid.
12. Rinse noodles and add ice cubes.
13. Once noodles are chilled, discard ice and transfer into a deep serving dish.
14. Place black fungus and shredded carrot on top of the noodles.
15. In a bowl, place sesame paste, light soy sauce, salt, chilli oil and Sichuan peppercorn oil. Mix well.
16. Pour seasoning mix over noodles and toss noodles so that seasoning is evenly distributed.
17. Place shredded chicken on top.
18. Garnish with the Chinese celery, spring onion and chilli, and serve.