Food and drink

🍜 Chilli egg noodles | 💸 White wine under a tenner

10 April 2024


Photography: Lizzie Mayson

Crispy chilli egg instant noodle bowl

Suzie Lee’s recipe for a crispy chilli egg noodle bowl only requires a handful of ingredients, making it perfect for a speedy, and very tasty, midweek meal. And it’s easily adaptable: you can top the noodles with anything you like, including frankfurter octopuses for a bit of fun.

Ingredients (serves 1)
1-2 frankfurters
1 x 100g packet instant ramen noodles with a dried soup sachet
1 egg
Spicy chilli oil
Blanched mixed vegetables, such as pak choi (bok choi), broccoli, spinach and Chinese cabbage
Red fermented bean curd or tofu
Soy sauce
Sliced spring onions
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds

1. To make the frankfurter octopuses, cut each frankfurter in half, then use a sharp knife to cut lengthways two-thirds of the way up each piece, leaving the remaining top third intact. Turn and repeat twice to make eight legs.
2. Drop the franks into boiling water and cook for two minutes, then, when the legs have curled up, lift out with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Cook the noodles in the same pan for five minutes, then lift out with a slotted spoon and blanch any vegetables in the same hot water.
3. While the noodles are cooking, make the chilli egg. Put two tablespoons of chilli oil in a frying pan on a high heat and wait until it’s sizzling. Crack in the egg – the edges should bubble up and turn crisp almost immediately – then cook for two or three minutes, spooning the hot oil over the top until the white is set.
4. To serve, pour 200ml boiling water into a large bowl and stir in the sachet of soup powder that comes with the noodles. Add the noodles, then top with the frankfurter octopuses and vegetables. Slide in the crisp egg and spoon over a little chilli oil sediment. Top with sesame seeds, spring onions and anything else that takes your fancy.

Simply Chinese Feasts: Tasty Recipes for Friends and Family by Suzie Lee (Hardie Grant, £24) is available here.


In the spirit of affordable pleasure, says Victoria Moore in The Daily Telegraph, here are three bottles of white wine which are all “crisp, fresh and make for delightful warm weather drinking” – and under £9.

The Society’s Australian Chardonnay 2023, 13%, The Wine Society, £7.50
From viognier specialist Yalumba, this is a “sleek, fresh, contemporary take on Australian chardonnay”.

Côtes de Duras Sauvignon Blanc 2021, 11.5%, Waitrose, £8.99
From a region between Bordeaux and Bergerac, this classy sauvignon blanc is “all cool citrus and grass”.

Specially Selected Coteaux de Béziers Viognier Grenache 2023, 13%, Aldi, £8.49
Two-thirds viognier, one-third white grenache, this has an “uplifting floral perfume and a hint of white peach”.

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