2½ cm/1in piece root ginger, peeled, then chopped to a pulp or grated
portion of stir fry rice noodles
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
sprinkling of crushed dried chili flakes
Serves - 4
First things first, put the kettle on, tip the spinach into a colander and sit the colander in the sink. Then, in a small bowl, whisk together the orange zest and juice, golden syrup, soy free seasoning sauce, and ginger– a micro whisk is perfect for this job.
Put the noodles in a deep bowl and pour boiling water from the kettle to just cover. Leave to soak for 4 minutes, then very carefully and slowly pour the noodles and water over the spinach in the colander and toss the noodles with the spinach so it wilts. Drizzle the sesame oil over and mix gently. Put to one side.
Heat the vegetable oil in a wok until it’s very hot, tip in the chicken strips and fry over a high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown all over.
Pour the orange and golden syrup mix over the chicken. At first it will bubble furiously but after a few moments it will calm down.
Bubble and stir the sauce and chicken for 2 minutes until the sauce is thick and shiny and has glazed the chicken.
Tip the noodles, spinach and chili flakes into the wok with the chicken. Gently toss everything together to warm through, then season with salt and pepper.
Pile the noodles and chicken on a plate. A splash more soy free seasoning sauce and a glass of chilled white wine are the only accompaniments this noodle supper needs.