Easy Chow Mein

Easy Chow Mein

Chow Mein seems to be a staple at Chinese Restaurants where it’s different versions of it are always on the menu.  It’s a dish of fried noodles and can be made with just about any meat and/or veggies that you want.

In Hawaii we simply call it fried noodles and expect to find char shiu, Chinese barbequed pork,  and Kamoboku, a Japanese fish cake.  Both ingredients are readily found in our local grocery stores as is the noodles which can be purchase dry or fresh.

Chow Mein ingredients are so easy to find just about everywhere specially if you have an Asian supermarket by you.  The first ingredients of course is the noodles and if you can’t find chow mein noodles you can actually use Ramen Noodles or even spaghetti!

As for the protein you can use beef, chicken, pork, seafood or the protein of you choice.  Then you toss in veggies which can be anything from carrots to spinach, just be sure you add fresh cilantro that’s what really pulls everything together!

In  my recipe for homemade Chow Mein, I use Char Shiu pork or chicken which I find at my local grocery store.  If you can’t find it omit it or substitute a different protein such as chicken, shrimp, or a plant based one.  I also use the Kamoboku fish cake mostly because I think it’s pretty, but again you can omit it.  As for my veggies I buy a Chop Suey mix that has bean sprouts, shredded cabbage and carrots, you can easily make your own mix.

To give it that Asian flavor I use Sesame Oil, soy sauce,  and Cilantro also called Chinese Parsley.  That’s really all you need!  Chow Mein can be served alone as a main dish or as a side dish.

So here’s my recipe, adjust it to fit your needs!

Easy Chow Mein

Ingredients:

1 Package Noodles (chow mein, ramen, or even spaghetti)

1/2 Lb. Char Shiu Pork or Chicken ( omit or substitute with your choice of protein)

1 Package Kamoboku or fish cake (omit if you want)

1 Package Chop Suey Mix (bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots) or veggies of your choice

1 Onion Diced

2-3 Cloves Garlic minced

1 – 2 cups chicken broth

3 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil

1 bunch Cilantro chopped

2-3 stalks green onions chopped

Directions:

Heat Sesame oil in large wok or skillet

Add diced onions, stir until they start to turn translucent

Add garlic and cook until garlic starts to turn golden brown, do not burn

Add meats and veggies and stir until veggies start to soften

Stir in broth and noodles (use more broth if noodles are dry, less if noodles are fresh) cook until noodles are al dente and most of the broth has evaporated.  Keep stirring so you don’t burn it.

Stir in soy sauce.  Toss until everything is well combined.

Remove from heat and place in serving platter.

Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and green onions.

Serve right away.

Try not to have left overs as noodles do not keep well.  If you have to store leftovers place in sealed container in fridge for no more than a day.  To re-heat spread noodles out in a sheet pan and heat in the oven.

 

 

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  1. Heat Sesame oil in large wok or skillet
  2. Add diced onions, stir until they start to turn translucent
  3. Add garlic and cook until garlic starts to turn golden brown, do not burn
  4. Add meats and veggies and stir until veggies start to soften
  5. Stir in broth and noodles (use more broth if noodles are dry, less if noodles are fresh) cook until noodles are al dente and most of the broth has evaporated.  Keep stirring so you don't burn it.
  6. Stir in soy sauce.  Toss until everything is well combined.
  7. Remove from heat and place in serving platter.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and green onions. 
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Easy Crab Cakes with Remoulade

Easy Crab Cakes with Remoulade

I just love Crab Cakes, don’t you?  What’s not to like?  They’re crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and delicious to boot!

For some reason I used to think Crab Cakes were something you ordered as an appetizer at a fancy restaurant, that is until I realized just how easy they are to make at home.  Actually what prompted me to explore the making of crab cakes were the Crab Cake burgers they had on the menu at Ruby Tuesday’s.  I loved them!  Then for whatever reason they disappeared from the menu, boo!  In the end I decided that Carb Cakes were super easy to make, and guess what, you can even make a bunch to freeze for later use!

So know not only do we make homemade Crab Cakes for those Crab Cake burgers, we make them for potlucks, game days, birthday parties, and other events.  They’re great appetizers and snacks too of course!

For the best Crab Cakes I use Jumbo Lump Crab meat or if I can’t find that Lump Crab meat is the next best thing.  I avoid using canned crab meat as it’s too shredded and in my opinion has a fishier smell and taste.

So here’s my recipe for Crab Cakes and Remoulade, which is a must have!  Remoulade is the dipping sauce for the cakes and I also use it as a condiment when making crab cake burgers.

Crab Cake

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Jumbo Lump Crab meat

1/4 Cup Panko

2 Tsp. fresh parsley chopped

2 Stalks Green onions chopped

1 Tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

1 Egg

1/2 Tsp. Dijon Mustard

1 Tbs. Mayonaise

Oil for frying

Directions:

Combine crab, panko, parsley, green onion, and Old Bay in a bowl.  Mix well, it should be lumpy so don’t over mix it.

In a separate bowl beat egg, mayo, and mustard together.

Combine with crab mixture until it’s evenly distributed.

Form into patties – larger patties for burgers or small ones for appetizers.

Place on a sheet covered with parchment paper and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour or until firm.

Heat oil in pan and pan fry patties until it turns brown and crispy on the outside, gently turn over and fry other side.

Drain on paper towels before serving.

Remoulade

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mayonaise

1 stalk green onion chopped

1 Tsp. relish

1 Tsp. Hot Sauce (I use Crystal or Louisiana)

1 Tbs. Horseradish (not the creamy type)

1 Tbs. Dijon Mustard

1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Red Pepper

Directions:

Mix everything together.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

 

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