I am sure that we are all aware of the Chinese dish Chow Mein, we see it on take away menus, in restaurants and pre-made in supermarkets.
Chow mein is a stir-fried dish that can contain meat, chicken or prawns as well as Chinese vegetables, all in a soy sauce based sauce.
With this recipe you will be able to make an authentic tasting Chicken Chow Mein in your own home at a fraction of the price of your local takeaway.
CHICKEN CHOW MEIN
350g Chinese egg noodles
400g boneless chicken breast, sliced thinly
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 tablespoons water
1 x 125g tin bamboo shoots, drained
150g fresh bean sprouts
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
80g mange tout
1 red pepper, de-seeded and cut into strips
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
Cook the noodles according to directions. Rinse under cold water, and set aside. Slice the chicken, and add it to a bowl with 2 tsp of soy sauce and rice vinegar, toss to coat. Heat half the olive oil in a wok or large frying pan (skillet) over high heat. Let the oil get hot and add the chicken. Cook for 2 minutes, then transfer the chicken to a plate and keep warm. Wipe the pan out and heat the remaining olive oil. Add garlic, mange tout, and pepper to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the drained noodles, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots to the pan, and continue to stir-fry till everything is heated through, about 4 minutes. Add the remaining soy and the oyster sauce, taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and any juices back to the pan. In a small bowl mix the corn flour with the water to make a smooth paste, add to pan. Cook for further 2 minutes and then add the chopped onions. Give the mixture a final stir and serve immediately.
There you have your delicious Chinese makeaway rather than a takeaway!
Serve the chow mein with a bowl full of prawn crackers; these are available from most supermarkets or Chinese delis.