I was making Char Siu Pork (see the prior post). I wanted to stay with the Chinese theme so I needed to make a side dish to go with it. I love Chow Mein, it is easy to make and it is tasty. My problem was solved, Vegetable Chow Mein it would be.
The recipe for this dish is at the end of this post.
Several hours before the dinner, I chopped up the vegetables for the dish and mixed up the sauce.
While my Char Siu Pork was resting, I put a Dutch oven half full of water on high heat to start boiling and heated 2 tablespoons of oil in my wok over high heat. When the oil just started to smoke, I put the peppers, broccoli and carrots in the oil and stir fried for 3 minutes. Then I added the bok choi, mushrooms and garlic and stir fried for 2 minutes.
I put the noodles in the boiling water for 2 minutes while continuing to stir fry the vegetables. Drain the noodles in a colander. Stir the sauce mixture to make sure the cornstarch is mixed in and stir that into the vegetables. Stir until the sauce thickens and add the noodles to the mixture. Stir until the noodles are coated and serve.
This is nothing fancy but it is a good chow mein. It was the perfect side dish for the Char Siu Pork.
The Old Fat Guy
- 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 carrot sliced
- 3/4 cup mushrooms, slice
- 1 cup bok choi, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, fine dice
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons garam masala (an Indian spice mixture)
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 7 ounces (by weight) steam fried noodles
- Put peppers, carrots and broccoli in a bowl.
- Put bok choi, mushrooms and garlic in another bowl.
- Mix broth, soy sauce, garam masala and corn starch together.
- Heat oil in a wok until it just starts to smoke.
- In the meantime, cook the noodles per package instructions and drain.
- Stir fry pepper mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add mushroom mixture and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir the broth mixture to mix in cornstarch.
- Add to the wok and cook until thickened.
- Add the noodles and toss to coat with the sauce.