Selecting the Right Noodles
We talk A LOT about this throughout the video, but we'll be using rice stick noodles. They prefer Hsinchu, which is a Taiwanese brand of noodles that tend not to break or stick as much to the wok when cooking.
On Curry Powder
The technique of grinding up spices into powders dates back at least 4000 years in India, and spice trade played an enormous role in the world's economy and balance of power over the millennia.
The western word "curry" is an adaptation of the Tamil word kaṟi, which means 'sauce', and over time, countless varieties of curries and curry dishes emerged all around the world.
Curry powder is absolutely essential for Singapore noodles. With so many options, the type of curry powder you use for this dish really impacts the final flavor profile, so you might want to experiment with several options until you land on something you love. If you don't have any, I've included a few curry powder options to start with:
Finding Asian Ingredients
Some of these ingredients are hard to find in a typical grocery store.
If you don't live near an Asian market, most or all of what my dad uses in this recipe can be found on Amazon:
I've also included some other Chinese kitchen essentials, used in many of my dad's other recipes.
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Alternatives to Oyster Sauce
If you're vegetarian or need to stay away from gluten, we have three alternatives for you!
Vegetarian Oyster Sauce
Since oyster sauce is made out of oyster extract, here are some alternatives that have a similar taste without using the actual oyster:
Gluten Free Oyster Sauce
Wok Mei has a gluten-free oyster sauce, but it still contains oyster extract, so it's not vegetarian friendly.
Vegetarian + Gluten Free Oyster Sauce
Unfortunately, we don't know of a vendor that sells an oyster sauce that caters to both dietary restrictions, so you'll need to DIY the sauce.
Mix equal parts gluten free soy sauce and gluten free hoisin sauce. This isn't exactly the same as oyster sauce, but it's pretty close.
Other Supplies + Tools
You'll need a good wok, which provides a ton of versatility for the classic Chinese cooking methods: steaming, stir frying, deep frying, and etc.