Hakka Noodles | Indo Chinese Hakka Noodles (Vegan)

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This hakka noodles taste delicious and will have you craving for more. I am sharing a vegan recipe loaded with veggies and button mushrooms. Fairly easy to make hakka noodles is a popular Indo-Chinese dish of stir fried noodles. You will find it being made and served in many restaurants and street-side Chinese food joints in India. Hakka noodles is not only popular with kids, but also with grownups.

hakka noodles served in a triangular bowl on a printed napkin with cream colored bamboo chopsticks placed on top of the bowl with some hakka noodles between them

Ingredients for Hakka Noodles Recipe

  1. Hakka Noodles – Use any Indian brand of Hakka Noodles. I have used Ching’s Hakka Noodles. Note that these noodles is made with all-purpose flour so if you prefer a healthier version, then use whole wheat noodles or soba noodles (buckwheat noodles)
  2. Veggies: You can add veggies of your choice. Mushrooms give a meaty texture and umami flavor. If you do not like mushrooms you can skip them. You can choose from the following list of veggies:
    • cabbage (green or red)
    • carrots
    • french beans (green beans)
    • zucchini
    • broccoli
    • button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms
    • capsicum (bell pepper)
    • spring onions (scallions) or regular onions
  3. Soy sauce: Try to use naturally fermented soy sauce as it gives a lovely fermented taste and flavor to the noodles. You can even use bragg liquid aminos or tamari instead.
  4. Toasted sesame oil – The noodles get a lovely hint of smokiness from toasted sesame oil. But do not worry if you do not have toasted sesame oil. Just use any other neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil or safflower oil.
  5. Herbs and spices: Garlic, dry red chillies, celery or coriander leaves (cilantro) are the herbs and spices added. Celery is not available everywhere in India. So if you do not have celery, then just skip it. Use green chillies instead of dry red chillies.
  6. Rice vinegar: Instead of rice vinegar you can add white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. You can even use rice wine or mirin. Both rice vinegar and rice wine give a distinct flavor and aroma to the dish.

Note on Celery

Many Indian readers ask me what is celery and where to get it. Celery is a herb that is easily available in most superstores and supermarkets in Indian metros.

You can also grow celery in a pot. Either buy the plant from a nursery or plant the seeds. The best way is to chop the celery from its base and plant the base in the soil. Here is a shrub of celery from my balcony herb garden.

celery shrub
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Hakka Noodles

Prepare Veggies and Cook Noodles

1. First finely chop all the veggies and keep aside. You can even shred or grate the veggies using a food processor. I have used carrots, french beans, spring onions, button mushrooms, capsicum and cabbage (in the video).

mix veggies chopped on a white chopping board

2. Boil 4.5 cups water in a pot or pan with ½ teaspoon salt and a few drops of oil.

water being boiled in a pot

3. Add the hakka noodles (200 grams).

hakka noodles being added

4. Cook the hakka noodles according to the package instructions. The noodles have to be cooked till al dente or just about cooked.

hakka noodles being cooked

5. Drain cooked noodles in a colander. Then rinse noodles with fresh water very well. This stops the cooking process and removes the starch.

cooked hakka noodles being rinsed in fresh water

6. Add 1.5 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil.

toasted sesame oil being added to cooked hakka noodles

7. Toss noodles well, so that the oil gets coated evenly on them. This gets rid of stickiness from them.

mixing hakka noodles with oil using a fork

Stir Fry Spices, Vegetables

8. Heat 2 tablespoons sunflower oil (or any neutral tasting oil) in a frying pan or wok. On a medium-low to medium heat, first sauté 2 to 3 dry red chilies (broken and seeds removed) and 1.5 teaspoon finely chopped garlic for about a minute.

oil, red chillies and finely chopped garlic added to a frying pan

9. Increase the heat a bit and then add the 3 to 4 small spring onions (finely chopped), 8 to 10 french beans (finely chopped). Stir fry for about 3 minutes.

Pro Tip: For non-stick frying pans, keep the heat to medium and for cast iron or carbon steel pans or wok, use medium-high to high heat.

chopped spring onions (scallions) and finely chopped french beans being stir-fried in the pan

10. Add the 4 to 5 button mushrooms (finely chopped), 1 small to medium carrot (finely chopped) and 1 teaspoon finely chopped celery and continue stir-frying.

You can also add ½ cup finely chopped cabbage and 1 small to medium capsicum at this step. For the hakka noodles video in the post, cabbage is added.

chopped carrots, mushrooms, celery being stir-fried

11. Stir fry for about 5 to 6 minutes till the edges of the veggies start to slightly brown. I like the veggies to be cooked more, than what is the norm usually for this recipe. You can cut down on the stir frying time, if you prefer half cooked or more crunchy veggies.

veggies have been stir fried well in the pan

12. Add 1.5 teaspoon soy sauce and mix well.

soy sauce being added

Make Hakka Noodles

13. Add the cooked noodles. Mix, keep on tossing and stir-fry noodles for 1 to 2 minutes.

cooked hakka noodles added

14. Season with salt and crushed black pepper as per taste. Add ¼ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar or rice wine.

season hakka noodles with salt, crushed black pepper and rice vinegar

15. Toss well again and stir fry for a minute. Switch off the flame and add 1 to 2 tablespoons spring onion greens and mix well. Or you can garnish with spring onions while serving.

adding a garnish of spring onion greens on the stir-fried hakka noodles

16. Serve Hakka Noodles hot as it is or accompanied with an Indo Chinese dish like Gobi Manchurian or Paneer Manchurian or chilly mushroom or mushroom manchurian.

hakka noodles garnished with some spring onion greens and served in a triangular bowl on a printed napkin with cream colored bamboo chopsticks placed at the left side

Expert Tips for Best Hakka Noodles

  • Chopping veggies: The veggies added to noodles have to really chopped fine or cut into julienne or shredded as all the stir frying is done at a medium to high heat and in less time.
  • Cooking noodles: Boil noodles till they are al dente – meaning having a slight bite to them. The noodles are again stir-fried on a high heat which makes them cook again. You don’t want to have overcooked or pasty noodles.
  • For non-sticky noodles: Rinse the cooked noodles in fresh water very well. This method stops the cooking process and removes the starch. Toss and mix then cooked noodles with some oil. This gets rid of the stickiness from them and they do not become lumpy.
  • Frying pan or Wok: Make sure to use a wok or kadai or a frying pan with handles, so that you keep on moving the pan when tossing and stir-frying them. Cast iron or carbon steel pans work great for stir frying on high heat but you can easily make these noodles in a regular Indian kadai or even a frying pan.
  • Authentic Chinese flavors: Though they can be skipped, but to get an authentic Chinese style taste and flavor, I recommend adding these three ingredients which make a lot of difference to the final dish. You can add all or either one of them.
    1. Toasted sesame oil
    2. Celery
    3. Rice vinegar or rice wine.
  • Stir-frying: Usually in restaurants and street stalls, the ingredients are stir fried at a very high heat which gives that smoky flavor to the dish. In a regular home kitchen it is difficult to replicate such a high heat. So you can use a medium to medium-high or high heat of your burner stove and make the recipe. For non-stick pans, stir fry on medium heat.
  • Gluten-free options: To make gluten-free version use gluten-free noodles and tamari or bragg liquid aminos. 

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hakka noodles recipe

Hakka Noodles | Indo Chinese Hakka Noodles (Vegan)

This hakka noodles taste delicious and will have you craving for more. A vegan recipe loaded with veggies and button mushrooms.
4.90 from 37 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Indo Chinese
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 3


For cooking hakka noodles

  • 200 grams hakka noodles or 1 pack of Ching's hakka noodles
  • 4.5 to 5 cups water
  • 1.5 teaspoons toasted sesame oil – for coating the noodles

Other ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil or any neutral tasting oil – for stir frying
  • 2 to 3 dry red chilies – broken and deseeded or fresh green chilies, chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 spring onions (scallions) small-sized – finely chopped, reserve a few greens for garnish
  • 8 to 10 french beans – finely chopped
  • 4 to 5 button mushrooms – finely chopped * check notes
  • 1 carrot – small to medium, finely chopped or shredded
  • 1 bell pepper (capsicum) – red, green or yellow, small to medium, finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • ½ cup finely chopped cabbage – optional
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped celery – optional
  • ¼ teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar or rice wine or mirin
  • 1.5 teaspoons soy sauce (naturally brewed) or tamari – add as needed
  • salt as required
  • crushed black pepper as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped spring onions greens or coriander leaves – for garnish


Cooking noodles

  • Heat enough water in a pan with salt and a few drops of oil, till it comes to a boil.
  • Add the hakka noodles and cook according to the package instructions.
  • When noodles are cooking, rinse and chop all the veggies or you can chop them before you start cooking noodles.
  • Drain and rinse noodles in running water, so that the noodles stop cooking.
  • Then add toasted sesame oil and gently mix, so that the oil gets evenly coated on them.
  • Set the cooked noodles aside.


  • Heat oil in a wok or kadai or a frying pan.
  • On medium-low to medium heat, first add the dry red chilies and garlic.
  • Saute for a minute, then add the finely chopped spring onions and french beans
  • Increase the flame a bit and stir fry for 3 minutes. For non-stick frying pans, keep the heat to medium and for cast iron or carbon steel pans or wok, use medium-high to high heat.
  • Add the mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper (capsicum) and celery. 
  • Stir fry all the veggies on a high flame till they start getting slightly browned from the edges. This will take about 5 to 6 mins after adding the carrots.
  • Add soy sauce and mix well.

Making hakka noodles

  • Add noodles and toss it well and stir fry for a minute or two on high heat.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Also, add rice vinegar or white vinegar. Continue to toss and cook on a high flame for a minute.
  • Toss the whole mixture well and add the chopped spring onion greens or garnish with spring onions while serving.
  • Serve hakka noodles plain or accompanied with manchurian curry or gobi manchurian or chilli mushroom.


Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Hakka Noodles | Indo Chinese Hakka Noodles (Vegan)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1379mg60%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 3873IU77%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 4mg27%
Vitamin K 47µg45%
Calcium 29mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 30µg8%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 16mg4%
Phosphorus 52mg5%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This hakka noodles post is from the archives (Feb 2014) and has been republished and updated with a video and my expert tips on September 2020.

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  1. Your site is like my recipe book… any item i want to try… i just check ur space and i have it… each one comes out delicious and fantastic… thanks to ur detailed steps.5 stars

  2. Made hakka noodles for the first time using this recipe and they came out fantastic! Thanks a ton! 🙂5 stars

  3. hi dassana..made hakka noodles but they came out to be sticky…otherwise was superb..thanks a lot… thumbs up ?

    1. welcome farah. if you put a few drops of oil to the noodles after they have cooked then they won’t be sticky.

  4. thanks for the receipe.
    i wanted to make noodle for my Daughter B Day party.
    so i wanted to know hwithout getting dry or sticky, how i keep boiled noodle fresh for long time.

    1. welcome chitra. adding a few drops of oil while the noodles are cooking, helps in making then non sticky. even adding oil after the noodles are strained, keeps them non sticky and dry. also cover the cooked noodles with a lid.