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Tsao Mi Fun (Taiwanese Fried Rice Noodles)

Rated as 4.42 out of 5 Stars

"My mom's been making me tsao mi fun, in Mandarin, or tsa bi whun, in Taiwanese, since I was a little girl. Tsa bi whun literally translates to 'fried rice noodles'. You'll most likely find all the ingredients at your local supermarket except for the five spice powder, dried Chinese black mushrooms and rice vermicelli which can be found at your local Asian food mart. All the measurements here are pretty much to taste, some people like more pork, some less, some more soy sauce, some less, etc."
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1 h 10 m servings 523
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place the pork into a mixing bowl and pour in the soy sauce and rice wine. Sprinkle with the white pepper, five-spice powder, and cornstarch. Mix well, then set aside to marinate. Soak the mushrooms in a bowl of cold water for 20 minutes, then pour off the water, cut off and discard the stems of the mushrooms. Slice the mushrooms thinly and reserve. Soak the rice vermicelli in a separate bowl of cold water for 10 minutes, then pour off the water and set the noodles aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Pour in the eggs, and cook until firm, flipping once, to make a pancake. Remove the egg pancake, and allow to cool, then thinly slice and place into a large bowl. Heat 2 more tablespoons of the vegetable oil in the wok over high heat. Stir in the garlic and dried shrimp, and cook until the shrimp become aromatic, about 20 seconds. Next, add the pork along with the marinade, and cook until the pork is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots and onion, and cook until the carrots begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Finally, add the bean sprouts, napa cabbage, and sliced mushrooms; cook and stir until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes more. Scrape the pork mixture into the bowl along with the eggs, then wipe out the wok and return it to the stove over medium-high heat.
  3. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the wok, then stir in the drained rice vermicelli noodles. Cook and stir for a few minutes until the noodles soften, then stir in the reserved pork mixture. Scrape the mixture in to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 523 calories; 20 63 19.2 122 1106 Full nutrition

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Delicious! I had to adjust the recipe though, since I am vegetarian. I used tofu instead of pork, marinating it according to the recipe, and I omitted the shrimps. It was easy to do, not too lon...

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I am Taiwanese and this dish is no-where near what I am used to. It came out a bit too dry, too... Not sure what I missed but one of our 5 kids seemed to like it. So I gave it 2 stars and am wil...

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Delicious! I had to adjust the recipe though, since I am vegetarian. I used tofu instead of pork, marinating it according to the recipe, and I omitted the shrimps. It was easy to do, not too lon...

I've made this a couple of times,with different noodles. rice and mung bean, I like the rice better thicker. with that said you can play with it,adding as much or as little stuff you like. Don't...

I finally made this after having it in my recipe box forever. I agree that the five-spice powder makes the dish. I had issues with my noodles. After soaking for 10 minutes they were still crunch...

This is the only and best tsao mi fun dish I've found on the web. I made it for dinner tonight and it was soooo good. And I am Taiwanese. I LOVE five spice powder! And I do agree it should be fo...

Awesome recipe! Just don't use too much five spice or dried shrimp, as they can both overwhelm the dish. Also couldn't find black mushrooms at the asian grocery, so just use regular mushrooms.

My dad loves Mi Fun from the local restraunt so I wanted to try making it for him. (He said if I'd keep making it for him he'd never have to buy it again:) I made a few changes - I like to do my...

couldn't find all the ingredients so I made some substitutes and it still came out great!

Overall a good recipe. Easy to follow and the taste is pretty authentic. The only thing that may vary is the amount of time to soak the rice vermicelli. It really depends on the brand. The o...

Tasty rice noodle dish! I found that the noodles seemed a little hard after pan-frying for a little bit, so I added more water and covered to soften the noodles. Thanks for sharing!