Chow Mein (Stir-fried Noodles)

Characteristics: It is a delicious and healthy dish, quick and easy to make.

Chow Mein can be cooked using different kinds of noodles including wide or thin noodles, noodle pieces and a variety of vegetables like carrots, onion, cabbage, green pepper, garlic sprouts, mushrooms, etc.

Chinese people usually add plenty of salt and soy sauce for extra flavor.

Ingredients: 
100 g noodles 
50 g lean pork (beef or egg can also be used instead) 
50 g garlic sprouts (cabbage or green beans) 
2-3 small green peppers
1 carrot
1/2 small onion

If time permits, you can make some hand-made noodles by yourselves.

Seasonings: 
chopped ginger 
chopped green onion 
ground chili
salt 
chicken essence (stock/bouillon) or cooking wine
soy sauce 
tomato ketchup
cooking oil

Note: the amount of the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one’s personal taste.

Preparation: 

A. Clean the lean pork. Cut into thick slices that are cut into thin strips. Put into a dish.

B. Wash the green peppers. Cut into slices and put into a dish.

C. Peel and clean the onion. Chop into thin slices and put into a dish.

D. Snip the peduncles of the garlic sprouts. Cut it into 2-3 cm long sections. Put into a dish after washed.

E. Wash and peel carrot. Cut into thin strips. Put into a dish.

Methods:

  Step 1: Coat the lean pork strips by adding in cooking wine, soy sauce, salt, chicken essence or monosodium glutamate. Stir well it with chopsticks until you feel it is a bit sticky.


  Step 2: Noodles are best cooked in a steamer. Fill the steamer pot 1/4 full of water. Grease the steamer basket with a thin layer of oil to prevent the noodles from sticking. Place the steamer basket in the pot, add noodles, cover and steam for 2-3 minutes. Take the noodles out and put into a bowl, add some cooking oil and stir it well with chopsticks. Return noodles to steamer and stream for another 2-3 minutes. Place in a bowl.

  Step 3: Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, swirling to coat sides. Add the coated lean pork strips and stir-fry until the meat turns pale yellow in color. Add the ground chili, chopped ginger and chopped green onion. Stir-fry for 20 seconds. Add all of the vegetables and fry, stir for 1 minute.

  Step 4: Add some salt and chicken essence and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Finally, add in the steamed noodles and the tomato ketchup, and stir-fry it for a further 1 minute.


Turn off the heat. Chow Mein is cooked

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