Drunken noodles are supposed to be by far the most simple recipes I have had tried. Nigella Lawson has simplified the recipe so much that it should have taken only 10 minutes to cook. Although most of the ingredients were available at hand, I needed to order the Oyster Sauce.
Oysters!!! What sweet memories it brings to my mind. The first time I had Oysters
I researched Amazon and decided on the Lee Kum Kee brand Oyster Sauce. I followed the recipe to the lost dot. It took me about an hour (as opposed to 10 minutes) to create the whole thing. I am not sure if it is only I who struggle with cooking the noodles/pasta just right within the timeframe mentioned on the pack, but it sure takes at least twice the amount of time mentioned.
It took around 15 minutes to cook the noodles right. While the noodles were cooking, I peeled and grated garlic and ginger and sautéed it in a wok. As I sprinkled in chili flakes, it released a fume of chili and brought a fit of cough. I added the cooked and drained noodles and tossed it. I then added half a cup of watered-down oyster sauce mixed with soy sauce to the wok and gave it another toss.
I transferred the prepared dish to my favorite Ceramic Bowl. Though the noodles were delicious, I was a bit disappointed with the color of the noodles. The Soy Sauce available in India manufactured by local vendors is too dark. The dish was finger-licking good, but I would have preferred a lighter hue.
A lesson for next time- Buy Soy Sauce that has been manufacture in either Thailand, Malaysia, or Japan.