Slicing and dicing the meat and vegetables for this dish can take a bit of time. Once that’s prepared, it’s fast, smooth sailing ahead. This dish cooks quickly. If you want soft vegetables, then slice them thinly. If you like your veg with a bit of a crunch, then cut them a bit bigger. The best part about this meal is that it takes minimal ingredients, which you probably already have at home.
Most of the time I use chicken, but there have been times I used beef. I always cut the meat into small, thin slices and marinate with oyster sauce, soy sauce, corn starch and baking soda. The baking soda tenderises the meat. Set the meat aside, cook the vegetables, add your cooked noodles, sauces, stir through and… voila! A super tasty meal the whole family will enjoy. If you want it spicy, add some fresh diced chilli or chilli flakes.
Easy chow mein
- 2 chicken breasts cut into thin slivers
- 200 g Chinese egg noodles
- 1/2 medium onion thinly sliced
- 1 carrot thinly julienned
- 200 g broccoli small florets
- 5 garlic cloves diced or grated
- 1 tbsp ginger diced or grated
- cooking oil
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- A dash of white pepper
- Cook the noodles al dente and set aside.
- Marinate the chicken for about 15 minutes. Then sear on high heat in cooking oil in a wok until fully cooked and brown. Set aside.
- Aid oil to the wok. Add the vegetables, garlic and ginger. Cook until soft. Or keep a bit of crunch if you prefer crunchier vegetables. If you want spicy add one or two diced fresh red chilli or a teaspoon of chilli flakes.
- Add the chicken, noodles and then the sauce ingredients. Carefully and gently loosen the noodles and stir through with the chicken and vegetables.