stir fry cats ear noodle recipe
Stir fried Cats Ear Noodle
by Liv
September 13, 2010

Stir fried Cats Ear Noodle

Sep 13, 2010 | Chinese Food, Recipes, Taiwanese Food | 20 comments

stir fry cats ear noodle

I can imagine what you are thinking. Oh no, an Eastern person has cooked her cat! Don’t worry, our cat Popo still has his ears. Cat’s ears noodles is an interesting dish with an interesting story behind it.

During the Qing Dynasty, one day the Qianlong Emperor dressed himself as an ordinary person and travelled to West Lake, Hangzhou. He hired a ship and travelled along the West Lake.

Suddenly the weather turned really horrible. It was raining really heavily so they, it’s raining heavily, so they had to stop of the lake until the weather improved and they could continue their journey. However the rain continued and the emperor felt really hungry so he asked the old boatman for some food to eat.

The old boatman told him: “I have some flour but I don’t have a rolling pin to make noodles for you”. When they didn’t know what to do the boatman’s daughter, who was holding a pretty little kitten in her arms, told the boatman “it’s ok that we don’t have a rolling pin, I can use my hands to make noodles”. After she had finished making the noodles, the old old boatman cooked these noodles and mixed it with some sauce and gave Qianlong a bowl of noodle to eat. Qianlong had a bite of the noodle and was surprise about how tasty this noodle was. So he asked the boatman’s daughter for the name of the dish and she answed “Cat’s ears” due to the shape looking a bit like a cat’s ear). Afterwards the Qianlong Emperor went back to his palace and he hired the boatman’s daughter to be his chef and gave her and her family a lot of money and jewellery.

There are many ways to make cat’s ear noodle. I know some people like to make cat’s ear noodle soup or just stir-fry with some dried shitake mushroom and other vegetables. But today I use broad beans and prawn to cook with this cat’s ear noodle because I love broad beans with prawn and stir-fry broad beans with prawn is also another childhood dish for me. I hope you like my story today but also my recipe.

Credits: Preparation photos were taken by myself but final photos were taken by Chris at:


Stir fried Cats Ear Noodle

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


Ingredients for cat's ear noodle

  • 1.5 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water

Ingredients for stir-fry cat's ear noodle

  • 1 cup broad beans
  • 250 g baby corn cut into small dices
  • 500 g prawn
  • 1 small carrot diced into 0.5cm squares
  • 2 cloves garlic chop finely
  • 2 thin slice ginger chop finely
  • 1 chili remove seeds and chop finely

Seasonings for stir-fry cat’s ear noodle

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


Procedures for cat’s ear noodle

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and use your hands to knead the dough until it’s nice and smooth.
  2. Cover the dough with cling film and leave it for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, cut the dough into 3 portions and use a rolling pin to flatten each portion individually, Use a knife to cut it into small dices.
  4. Use your thumb to press down the small dices of dough individually first and then gently push forward. You will see the dough starts curling like a shell.
  5. Boil half a pot of water to cook the noodle. Pour a cup of cold water in the pot when it’s boiling. Repeat this procedure twice and when the noodle is floating on top of the water it’s cooked. Place the noodle into a big bowl and toss with some oil or sesame oil and leave it on aside. It’s now ready to serve.

Procedure for stir-fry cat’s ear noodle

  1. Heat up one tablespoon oil in a wok set to full gas power and stir-fry the garlic, ginger and chilli first until you smell they have cooked. This will take around 10-20 seconds.
  2. Add broad bean and carrot into the wok and stir-fry for 1 minute. Pour water into wok and bring it to the boil.
  3. Once the water is boiling turn the gas power to the lowest temperature and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add all the seasonings into the wok and mix evenly. Place cat’s ear noodle into the wok and stir-fry together for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the prawns to the noodles and continue to stir-fry until the prawns have cooked.


By Liv

Illustrator by day, home chef at night. I worked as a professional chef for many years but now I draw for a living. I now cook just for the love of cooking. The recipes on this website are all influenced by things I have eaten in different locations around the world.

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  1. City Share

    Mmm, that looks delicious. Homemade noodles always make such a difference.

    • admin

      Hello city share,
      Many thanks for your comment. Homemade noodles is certainly the best noodle you can find in the world if you don’t mind spend a little bit more time to prepare it. I love your maple glaze too. I’ve never try maple glaze before but after read your blog I think it’s time for me to give it a go. 😀

  2. Eileen

    Great recipe, and I love the picture of your cat!

    • admin

      Hi Eileen,
      Thank you for the comment. My cat is a lovely “monster” but we do love him very much. lol

  3. Chef Dennis

    Liv, as usual a great recipe and such a wonderful story about the dish! I hope all is well with you and your world!

    • admin

      Hello Dennis,
      Thank you very much for your comment. Everything is well with me and my world. I’m so happy for you of CBS posting thing. I wish that will happened to me one day lol.

  4. Lisa

    Love the story and the recipe. When I saw the photo I thought it was chicken!

    • admin

      Hello Lisa,
      Many thanks for the comment. It’s look a bit like chicken on the photo for me too. but it actually is tasty noodle 🙂

  5. Debs

    Another fab recipe & story too thanks. Your cat is so cute.

    • admin

      Hi Debs,
      Thank you very much for your kind comment. Popo is a cute monster and we love him very much. 😛

  6. Amy

    Wow, lovely site you have here! Great pictures, great food, perfect! And I love the story as well! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    • admin

      Hi Amy,
      Thank you very much for your kind comment. I love your blog too. I like Bruno’s song too. 😀

    • admin

      Hello Michelle,
      Many thanks for your kind comment. I love your blog too. Those jellies from your blog are so so so so adorable. I certainly will try your recipes in the future. 🙂

  7. pachecopatty

    I love your blog, so happy to find you thanks to cat’s ears!
    You’ve posted such an interesting history to go with your recipe, I found the whole post very enjoyable, your photographs are beautiful:)

  8. Lisa

    Congrats on top 9 chef!

  9. Nancy aka Spicie Foodie

    Liv you are so funny! and Popo is so cute. The story is adorable too. I think I would attempt these noodles, they don’t intimidate me like other ones. I love the stir fry too, looks so healthy.

  10. Stephanie

    Sounds delicious. Homemade noodles are so great and I love the shape of these – how fun!

    • admin

      Thank you Stephanie. You’re so sweet. 😀



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