2Tbspcornflour(cornstarch) mixed with 2 Tbsp water
4stalks Chinese vegetableslike choy sim, tat soi or pak choi (or just the good old spinach)
1Tbspvegetable or peanut oil
some ground white pepper
Drizzle the sweet and light soy sauces all over the noodles and mix thoroughly, without breaking up the noodles. This is best done with your hands. Set aside.
Slice the beef up thinly and add all the other ingredients to the beef strips and mix thoroughly. Again, best done with your hands. Set aside to marinate.
Slice up the squid tubes into thin rings.
Clean and de-vein the prawns, leaving the shells or at least the tails intact. The shells help to add flavour to the hor fun sauce.
If your vegetables are large, cut them up in two, separating the green leaves from the stems. Otherwise, leave them whole.
Let's Get Cooking
Heat 1 tsp of vegetable oil in a wok over a high heat and fry the garlic for 15 seconds.
Throw in the noodles and fry for 2 minutes, tossing and stirring constantly. At the end of the 2 minutes, some of the noodles will be sticking to each other, that's when you know they're done. Dish up onto a serving plate and keep warm on the stovetop as you continue cooking everything else.
In the same wok, heat the 1 Tbsp of oil, on medium high heat and quickly fry the beef strips for 2-3 minutes. You want the beef to be just cooked, still slightly pink on the inside. However, if you prefer your beef well done, go ahead and do so. Tip the cooked beef strips over the noodles, along with any juices and fat from the wok. Keep warm.
In the same wok, with no added oil, wilt the vegetables for about 20-30 seconds, you're going for a dark, glossy green. Tip the vegetables onto the beef and noodles.
Pour your chicken stock, the light soy sauce, the dark soy sauce, the oyster sauce and the sugar into the wok and bring to a boil on high heat.
When it's boiling, add the prawns, cook for a minute.
Add the squid, cook for a minute.
Add the cornflour mix stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
Take off the heat, drizzle the sesame oil all over and sprinkle a dash of the white pepper.