chinese new year: chicken chow mein

It’s the day after the New Year and I’ve got some time now to blog about it!  I’ve made various versions of chow mein (which translated basically means ‘stir-fried noodles’) over the years and really, I think you can just toss anything together and it will work out. I’ve made chow mein for people all over, from in a hostel in Australia to in the office kitchen when I worked in South Africa. Usually though I like to include chicken, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and obviously the noodles, but for everything else you can always just use whatever you feel like.  We had 10 people in total here for dinner with 5 main dishes so adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly.

3 chicken breasts  /  1 red pepper  /  a few handfuls of crimini mushrooms  /  a couple handfuls of bean sprouts  /  1 package of egg flavoured noodles  / ~ 3 tsp sesame oil  /  ~ 4 to 5 tsp soy sauce (but just use however much you want to your taste)  /  ~ 6 to 7 tsp oyster sauce (again, to your taste.  I actually don’t really know how much of any of the sauces I used ‘cus I just kinda pour it over.  Also, I only like to use LKK’s brand oyster sauce so keep an eye out for that one)

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Slice up the chicken into thin strips, slice the pepper into strips, and roughly slice up the mushrooms.  Cook the noodles according to the package instructions (should be about 3 minutes).  Drain and add a bit of canola oil to the noodles to keep them from sticking together.  In a wok or skillet, stir-fry the chicken with a bit of oyster sauce in some canola oil until the chicken is almost cooked through.  Add in the pepper, mushrooms, and bean sprouts.  Stir-fry for a couple of minutes and then add in the noodles and stir around for a minute or so .   Stir in the sesame oil, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, adjusting amounts to taste.

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The pictures of the finished dishes from last night all look a bit hectic but only because it was super hectic in the kitchen as I was running around trying to get everything done.  Anyway, I don’t think you can really go too wrong with chow mein.  I think everyone liked it and Rock says his only regret is that he didn’t have more.

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