Jué Gēn Fěn (蕨根粉, Fern Root Noodle Salad)

Jué Gēn Fěn (蕨根粉, Fern Root Noodle Salad)

When I first moved to China, I shared the same assumption many express, “It’s hard to be vegetarian in China.” I’m not a vegetarian, but I enjoy many meat-free meals. I like cold noodles as a main on a summer day, but this colorful dish is a healthy way to start any meal year round. Hán Āyí taught me this simple recipe from her home in Tōngzhōu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (198 grams) fern root noodles (蕨根粉, jué gēn fěn)
  • 1 cucumber (黄瓜, huáng guā), julienned
  • 1 carrot (胡萝卜, hú luó bo), julienned
  • 1 cup (200 grams) red cabbage (紫甘蓝, zǐ gān lán), shredded
  • 3 stems cilantro (香菜, xiāng cài), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic (蒜, suàn), minced
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (蚝油, háo yóu
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (香油, xiāng yóu)
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil (辣椒油, là jiāo yóu), get the recipe
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar (醋, cù)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (酱油, jiàng yóu)
  • salt (盐, yán)

Method:

  1. Blanch the red cabbage.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add fern root noodles and cook until tender. 8 minutes; noodle should be al dente. Run through cold water, then drain.
  3. Combine all ingredients and toss. Salt to taste.

See more of the dishes Han Ayi cooked with love! Family Visit: Ayi’s Beijing Style Home Cooking

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4 Responses to Fern Root Noodles (蕨根粉, Jué Gēn Fěn)

  1. [...] Jué Gēn Fěn (蕨根粉, Fern Root Noodle Salad) is something I have never encountered in Chinese food. This fresh noodle salad of sorts, springs with color from carrots, blanched red cabbage, cilantro, dried red chili pepper, garlic, and cucumber. The noodles are made from fern root. [...]

  2. Yuan Mengyi says:

    Here in Wuhan, we can have nearly all kinds of noodles in this way. We also can put peanuts or soybeans in it. It’s cool to have it in summer.

  3. Nice! Thanks Mengyi! I like the idea of adding crunchy peanuts or soybeans to this dish. It just might be the other element to make this dish more fun.

  4. [...] Jué Gēn Fěn (蕨根粉, Fern Root Noodle Salad) [...]

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