Monday, 19 July 2010

My Own Version of Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta

Yellow Cab is a pizza house in the Philippines that offers this Charlie Chan chicken pasta which I love so much. It is an oil base pasta dish with a touch of oriental. The peanuts and it’s spicy taste I think makes the dish delectable. I have been nudging a Friend of mine for the recipe way back to our puratos days but she won't give me and I understand why she won't share it as it is a trademark of Yellow cab.  I have been contemplating for like years in cooking a similar dish, (I need to be able to copy that charlie chan pasta!) but laziness always win over my curiosity and cravings. I’d rather order a Charlie chan!

Now that I am here in Singapore, and there is no yellow cab around, I haven’t had a Charlie Chan pasta in 2yrs!  And then yesterday, while searching the internet for some chicken recipes, for a change (I’m tired of the usual fried chicken that my sister Tintin is fond of cooking as it is the easiest and simplest dish she can prepare), I saw this Chinese stir fried chicken with shitake mushroom and roasted peanuts and walllaaaah!!! now I can make my own version of Charlie Chan Pasta (i'm doing a happy dance ). So I asked my sister Tintin if she wants to eat Charlie Chan Pasta and she said yes (she loves it as much as I do) So, we braved the rain just to buy the ingredients.

So now here’s my version : Sharon’s Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta – I will still call it as Charlie Chan as I have loved it as that :-)  I made some revisions in the chinese chicken recipe i saw, I took out some ingredients like the rice wine vinegar, and other ingredients i can't even pronounce, etc. and I also modified the procedure. I made the cooking procedure and ingredients a lot simpler.  This is for two servings only.

Ingredients :

A. Past Noodles of your choice – 100-150 g

B. Meat Ingredients to Sauce:

- Boneless chicken meat (including skin) – 100-150 g

- Shitake Mushroom (diced) – 100-150 g (canned mushrooms can also be used)

- Roasted peanut (as many as you want)

- Garlic (chopped) – 5 cloves

- Onion (diced) – 1 pc C.

Oil base of sauce :

- Sesame oil – 2 tbsp -

- Olive oil - 5tbsp or as much as you want (You can also use corn oil or canola oil as these are cheaper compared to Olive oil )

Sharon’s Oriental Sauce :

- *Thai sweet chili sauce – 2 tbsp (you can add more if you want if to be hotter)

- *Tomato Sauce – 2 tbsp

- Light soy sauce – 3 tbsp (++)

- Oyster sauce – 2 tbsp -

- *Sugar – 1 tsp

- MSG plus ground white pepper/paprika

* Chili paste or chili powder or chopped siling labuyo can also be used. Just add 1 tbsp more of Tomato Sauce and 1 tsp more of sugar.

Cooking Procedure :

1) Cook Pasta noodles as directed on its package. Make sure to add oil.

2) Saute a small amount of garlic and chicken in a small amount of sesame oil until chicken meat is fried. Add the rest of the garlic and onion. Mix well. Add the mushroom. Then add the rest of the oil. Let it simmer.

3) Mix all the ingredients together for the Oriental sauce then pour on the simmering chicken-mushroom oil mixture. Let it simmer

4) Pour sauce on pasta then mix well

5) Serve with a glass of cold coke zero

- Sharosem (19July2010)


  1. Replies
    1. you can use any vegetable oil. I used sesame oil for the added flavor :-)