|Alternative names||E-fu noodles, yee-fu noodles, yi noodles, yifu noodles|
|Place of origin||China|
|Main ingredients||Wheat flour, eggs|
|Alternative Chinese name|
Yi mein (Chinese: 伊麵; pinyin: yī miàn; Cantonese Yale: yī mihn) is a variety of flat Cantonese egg noodles made from wheat flour. They are known for their golden brown color and chewy characteristics. The slightly chewy and slightly spongy texture of the noodles is due to the soda water used in making the dough, which is then fried and dried into flat patty-like dried bricks.
The yi mein noodles available at grocery stores were pre-cooked by machines the same way as the modern instant noodles are made.
The noodles may be cooked a number of ways. They are boiled first, then can be stir fried, or used in soups or salads. Good noodles maintain their elasticity, allowing the noodles to stretch and remain chewy.
Yi mein noodles can be consumed directly or used in various dishes:
When yi mein is consumed on birthdays, it is generally referred to as longevity noodles or sau mein (壽麵/寿面). The Chinese character for "long" (長壽麵/长寿面) is also added as a prefix to represent "long life". Usually it is consumed with longevity buns on such occasions.
Yi mein is also a popular Lunar New Year dish. Tradition holds that the chef cannot cut the noodles, and each strand should be eaten whole.
Fisherman style fried yi mein
Western and Chinese style yi mein with lobster
A bag of yi mein at a store in Yuen Long, Hong Kong
E-Fu noodle with ground dried shrimp at a Chinese noodle restaurant in Yuen Long, Hong Kong