I like Chinese food (especially chow mein), but I rarely eat it. The kind you order from a restaurant is loaded with fat, MSG and sodium. It also costs a lot to order Chinese food, and you always get so much that you end up eating about four times the amount you should – or at least I do!
I’ve been trying to come up with a chow mein recipe that would satisfy my craving for čínske jedlo but still allow me to eat it without having to work out for 3 hours after to burn it off (which I would never do anyway).
After several experiments, I have come up with a recipe that I’m thrilled with. It has all the flavours I’m looking for–a little acidity from the ryža vinegar, a little sweetness from the hoisin sauce, a fresh tangy taste from the ginger and orange zest and an incredible richness from the oyster sauce.
I’m not going to lie to you. The chow mein recipe below isn’t the same as you would get from a Chinese restaurant. (That’s because it’s WAY healthier and loaded with vegetables). But it’s damn good and won’t leave you with an empty wallet and a sore stomach!
This is a recipe that will be in regular rotation around here from now on. It feels like ‘fast food’ without the guilt.
Zdravé Chow MeinTlač Recept
- Noodle Ingredients
- 2 bricks of chow mein noodles
- Omáčkové prísady
- 2 lyžice ustricovej omáčky
- 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 2 lyžice sójovej omáčky
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
- 1 lyžička kukuričného škrobu
- 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
- 3/4 cup of chicken broth or stock
- Vegetable Ingredients
- 1 čajová lyžička rastlinného oleja
- 1 heaping teaspoon of fresh ginger, minced
- 2 teaspoons of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of button/shiitake mushrooms, sliced or quartered
- 2 cups of broccoli, small florets
- 1/2 cup carrot, julienned
- 1/2 cup of red bell pepper, julienned
- 1/3 šálky zelenej cibule, nasekanej
- Soľ a korenie na dochutenie
- 1/4 teaspoon of orange or lime zest
- 1/4 teaspoon of Asian chilli sauce or other hot sauce
- 1 cup of shredded/diced chicken or shrimp/prawns
- 1/3 cup of cilantro
- 1/3 cup of peanuts
- Using a food processor/blender or just a whisk, blend all the ingredients listed above under sauce.
- Put the noodles in a pot of salted water and bring to boil.
- Heat oil on high heat using a large pan with sides – or a wok.
- Add carrots and mushrooms and a dash of salt to pan/wok and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes until there’s a bit of colour on the vegetables. The carrots should still have some crunch to them.
- Add noodles to water and cook according to package directions.
- While the noodles are cooking, add garlic, ginger, broccoli and peppers to the pan. Saute for 1 minute until garlic and ginger become fragrant.
- Add sauce and noodles to the pan (also and cooked chicken or shrimp now, if using). Mix all together, reduce heat to medium and cook for a few minutes more until sauce is reduced and slightly thickened and broccoli is cooked to desired consistency.
- Toss chow mein with orange zest and green onions.
- Divide into dishes and serve immediately (top with cilantro and peanuts if desired).