Hunan Fried Fish Noodle Soup (鱼粉)


Hengyang Yufen! An absolute classic from Hunan, this rice noodle is a deceptively easy thing to whip up – basically just rice noodles in with a mildly spicy, milky fish soup that is *way* more than the sum of its parts. 0:00 – Hengyang’s Famed Rice Noodles 0:34 – Why Hunan Food is (often) easier to make at home 1:25 – What kind of fish to use? 2:20 – Process Overview 2:49 – What kind of Rice Noodles to use? 3:14 – Boil Rice Noodles, Reserve 3:29 – Shallow Fry, Remove Oil 3:56 – Fry with Chili & Aromatics 4:15 – Add Hot Water, Boil ~8min 4:25 – Add Napa & (Optional) Eggs 4 :40 – Season and Serve 4:47 – Re the Zhajiang Country Version INGREDIENTS This makes 2 bowls. Note on scaling up: the quantity of fish that we used (2 fillets) would actually be enough for four bowls (two liters) of soup. So if you want to scale up to 3-4 portions, scale everything up but keep the fish quantity the same. Scaling past that point, you’d probably want to look at increasing the fish quantity. Also, because this recipe is *almost* “Western Supermarket Club” as is, free to swap in dry sherry or sake for the Shaoxing wine if you gotta. On that note though, note that MSG is sold as “Accent” in the west. * Fish fillets, 2 (we used Tilapia – 罗非鱼) -or- ~300g of the bones. * Rice noodles, 200g. The Vietnamese sort of rice noodles can be found here: and here: . Weee! also has Jiangxi rice noodles which could also be used, though you might need to boil them for longer and/or soak beforehand: * Chili/Aromatics: 2 cloves garlic, minced; ~1/2 inch ginger, minced; 1 scallion white, cut into sections; 2 chilis, sliced. For the chili, we used Heaven Facing chili (朝天椒). Thai bird’s eye would have a similar flavor but be much spicier, so only use one if you’re using bird’s eye. But really, any not-smoked chili would be totally fine. You can even use fresh chili. * Liaojiu aka Shaoxing wine, ~1 tbsp (料酒/绍酒) * Napa cabbage, ~30g. Sliced ​​into ~1.5 inch sections. * Optional: poached eggs, 2-4 * Seasoning: 1.25 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp MSG (味精), 1/8 tsp white pepper powder (白胡椒粉) Sliced ​​scallion to finish. PROCESS Slice your fish fillet into ‘domino sized’ pieces (~2 inch by ~1inch). Set aside. Boil your rice noodles according to your package (for us, ours cook through in about six minutes). Strain, rinse under running water to stop the cooking process. Mince the garlic and ginger, slice the chilis, cut the white part of the scallion into sections, slice the green part of the scallion. In a wok – or really any not-sticky vessel (a cast iron dutch oven would also work, though would require more oil than a wok), add enough oil to get about ~1 inch deep. Heat it up to 190C, or about when you’re starting to see some faint wisps of smoke. Add the fish, keeping over a high flame – the temperature should dip to ~140C, which is what we want. Fry til golden brown, ~3 minutes. Shut off the heat and remove the frying oil – leaving the fish and a thin smear of oil. Add the chilis and aromatics. Swap the flame back to high. Brief fry, ~30 seconds, then swirl in the win. After another brief ~30 second fry, add in the hot, boiled water. It should quickly return to a rapid boil, so cover, and let it boil for ~8 minutes. At that point, the soup should be good and milky. Add the Napa, cover, and cook for ~2 minutes. Then add the (optional) poached eggs and seasoning. Transfer to serving bowls. Sprinkle over scallion greens. ______________ And check out our Patreon if you’d like to support the project! Outro Music: คนถึงคุณจัง by ธานินทร์ อินทรเทพ Found via My Analog Journal (great channel): .





  1. Hey guys, a few notes:

    1. So something that I personally like to do is cut up and toss a whole head of baby Napa cabbage (or half a head of Napa) into the soup, cook it til done, then fish (most) of it out with chopsticks & serve in a separate bowl. Spoon some of the broth over the vegetables, top with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil. Fantastic side dish to go along with a fish-noodle-focused meal, plus the extra Napa lends a nice flavor to the soup.

    2. Besides Vietnamese rice noodles, you can also use Jiangxi rice noodles if you can find them, as they’re also sold dried. Depending on the thickness, for Jiangxi rice noodles you might need to boil them for longer and/or give them a soak in cool water before using.

    3. This recipe serves two, but do note that we were quite aggressive with the fried fish quantity in the video. We could’ve probably sorted everything with just one fillet, but we have to buy a whole fish at the market anyway, and hey, who’s going to complain about some extra fried fish? For the same fish quantity, you could comfortably double everything else in the recipe.

    4. If you’re adding poached eggs to your soup, just poach them however you’re comfortable BUT take the eggs a bit longer than you’d usually do. You obviously don’t want loose egg yolk running around your soup.

    5. I know a lot of you guys have been asking about the Husa knife (the so-called “Orc Knife”) that we sometimes use in the videos – recently an acquaintance of ours started exporting them. Check out the recent community post for more information if you’re curious (and for those of you guys that brought my attention to the broken link, thanks, it’s fixed).

    Anyway, that’s all I can think of for now 🙂

  2. Just made this cuz it's cold and rainy and I literally already had everything I needed in my fridge. Comically easy, preposterously delicious. I really enjoy the effort you both put into this channel selecting a mix of both fun Sunday project recipes and quick and easy Wednesday lunches


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  4. This is a very popular hawker dish here in Singapore as well! We call it 鱼片米分汤, and the most common fish used here is giant snakehead. Almost all local eating places will have it, office ladies always eat this for lunch because it's seen as a healthy meal.

  5. This looks soooo delicious! Is it possible for you to cover other Chinese soups as well? I’ve tried looking for videos but their either hot and sour soup( which I know already) or the description is all in Chinese and my Chinese isn’t that good yet so it can be hard to find a recipe to use right away. 😅

  6. As a note (that has nothing to do with the actual recipe, which is, btw, delicious) on the separation between French at home and restaurant cuisine, I’d argue that much of that distinction is actually pretty artificial and elitist, like a lot of French culture. Stuff like bouillabaisse or pot au feu for example started out as peasant food, and is only now considered high cooking because of how regionally specific the ingredients are (especially bouillabaisse, which is basically a one pot stew made of the ugliest and least sellable fish from the region of Marseille). In short, a lot of French restaurant cooking is just cultural appropriation of peasant food because people got over how ugly lobsters are.

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