This dish is quick, easy and delicious. It is such a simple thing and goes very well with stir fries of any kind, and if you add a bit of leftover cooked meat or poulrty can even double as a main course. Mmmm . . . Chicken chow mein. Who doesn't love that!
Its light and quite healthy I think. I love noodles and more often than not will use the packets of ready cooked noodles, but you can cook noodles from scratch if you have them. I confess I have even in the past used spaghetti because it is what I have had.
Feel free to adapt the vegetables for what you have to hand. I like to use onions, carrots, and cabbage. I also toss in a handful of mushrooms, spring onions and some beand sprouts and water chestnuts.
I don't use a lot of seasoning, just some soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and a bit of salt and pepper. There is no heavy cloying sauce. The end result is fresh and light, without any really overpowering flavours, just gentle subtleties with the nice flavours and crunch of the vegetables shining through..
If you have everything sliced and julienned and ready to go when you start, it really goes together in a flash! I don't care if it is authentically Chinese or not. I just know its tasty and we like it. That's what counts the most!
*Vegetable Chow Mein*Serves 4 to 6
a handful of closed cap mushrooms, sliced8 ounces Chinese noodles, cooked according to the package directions, drained and rinsed
small tin of sliced water chestnuts, drained and rinsed1 tin of bean sprouts, drained, or the equivalent in fresh bean sprouts (about 2 cups)
salt and pepper to taste
This is not something we have really often, but when we do it is something we really enjoy. I hope that you do too! Bon Appetit!