Friday, September 9, 2011

Lo Mein

Made this last night for dinner, I used chicken, but after the fact I can easily see how it could be made with a variety of other meats or completely meatless.  We love chinese food, LOVE IT!! My kids love it, and I wish that I knew how to it more.  So in with that desire, I am attempting to learn, I can follow a recipe, so there is no reason not to try!

This recipe says that it makes enough for 6-8 people…But I doubled it anyway because it was our main and only dish for dinner.  Yes we did have leftovers, but I cannot see it really feeding that many people in its original form.  I'd double it, as I did, if you plan to use it as your key dish during the meal.

In addition, so many different vegetables could be added to this dish.  Don't have one of the veggies listed? Substitute something else, or add more to your liking!

Lo Mein

1/2 pound angel hair pasta
3 Tbs hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs minced fresh ginger
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 to 5 shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced ( I used about 3/4 of a 10oz container of baby portabella mushrooms)
1/2 cup carrots, julienne
1 cup broccoli florets, blanched and shocked in ice water before using
1 cup sugar snap pea pods, halved
1 (15oz) can chinese baby corn, drained and cut into thirds

Meat options: 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu…cut into bite-size strips

Cook the noodles according to the package directions until just tender.  Drain, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside.

In a small bowl, mis the hoisin sauce, chicken broth, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch, set aside.

Heat 1 Tbs of the vegetable oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Stir-fry the finer for 30 seconds, then add the onion and stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and carrots and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.  Finally add the broccoli, pea-pods and corn.  Stir-fry it all together for another 2 minutes then transfer mixture to a plate if you are planning on using meat (if not skip meat step, do not remove veggies from pan and continue on in directions).

Heat the remaining Tbs of oil in the pan.  Add half of the meat of choice and stir-fry it until it is no longer pink, remove from pan and do the same with the remaining meat.

Return all meat, vegetables and noodles to the pan, pour sauce over it.  Using two spatulas, or a pasta hook and large wooden spoon lightly toss the mixture until heated through, about 3 minutes.

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