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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Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy

Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy

Bok Choy or Pak Choi is a type of Chinese cabbage; in China it has been cultivated for over 5000 years. It is a cruciferous leafy green vegetable so it’s low in calories, carbs, and fat; it is also packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has a long list of health benefits and some people consider it a “Superfood”.

Bok Choy is rich in flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants. While they don’t prevent illness like Vitamin C prevents rickets, they contribute to optimal health and chronic disease prevention. Antioxidants help your body get rid of free radicals and detoxify tissues. They are also anti-inflammatory and help the body fight inflammation and cell damage. They are associated with preventing chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Bok Choy is a good source of non-dairy calcium and vitamin K, both of which help build strong bones.

It is also rich in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene which along with the antioxidants it contains promote eye health and lowers the risk of age related macular degeneration.

Bok Choy is also rich in Vitamins C and B6; magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium and other minerals. All these vitamins and minerals help boost the immune system, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, among many other health benefits.

It’s also very easy to use, you can eat it raw or cooked. It can be added to salads and stir fries. It’s mild flavor makes it a great addition to many recipes, and it’s tasty!

So with all the health benefits and it’s tastiness there’s really no reason not to incorporate Bok Choy into your family’s diet.

Here’s one of my favorite Bok Choy recipes, Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy. It’s super easy to make and can be served as a side dish with almost anything.

I use baby bok choy which I buy at Costco or Sam’s Club. I find the stalks more tender than the full size bunches of Bok Choy. But if you can’t find Baby Bok Choy you can use the full size ones as well; just cut it into smaller pieces.

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  1. Heat oil in frying pan or Wok.
  2. Place Bok Choy halves cut side down into oil.
  3. Cook both sides until tender and leaves start to wilt.
  4. Add Garlic, salt, and soy sauce.
  5. Stir until all of the stalks are covered by the soy sauce.
  6. Serve hot with your choice of meat, fish, or chicken or eat it by itself. It’s yummy!
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