RECIPE | VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN (VEGETARIAN)
Vegetable Chow Mein is a popular Asian classic dish that is fairly simple to make and doesn't require too much time. I enjoy cooking chow mein at home because I'm able to control the sodium levels myself. Usually at Chinese restaurants, they throw in a ton of oil and way too much soy sauce into their noodles giving it that brown glossy look. My version is still flavourful but the sodium is much less and you can eat it without feeling dehydrated after eating it.
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VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN RECIPE
Adapted from Ken Hom
SERVES 3-4 | PREP TIME 15 MINS | COOK TIME 10 MINS
- 379 GRAMS OF CHOW MEIN NOODLES (I usually buy the fresh type in the refrigerated section at Asian grocers for a springy noodle texture)
- 1 RED PEPPER sliced into matchsticks
- 1 SMALL CARROT sliced into matchsticks
- 1 GREEN ONION CHOPPED
- 100 GRAMS OF SNOW PEAS with stems chopped off & sliced into matchsticks
- 2 GARLIC CLOVES FINELY CHOPPED
- 1.5 TBSP OF LIGHT SOY SAUCE
- 1 TBSP OF DARK SOY SAUCE
- 1 TBSP OF SESAME OIL
- 1 TBSP OF DRY SHERRY OR RICE WINE VINEGAR
- 1 TSP OF SALT
- 1/2 TSP OF PEPPER
- 1 TSP OF CANE SUGAR
- AVOCADO OIL FOR FRYING
- Prepare your ingredients as listed above.
- Fill your wok half way with water and set it on high heat. Let it come to a boil and add your noodles. Allow them to cook for 1 minute only. Do not allow them to sit in the hot water for more than that. Strain in a colander. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of the sesame oil into the noodles and mix well. Set aside.
- With your dry wok, set it on medium high heat. Add a couple tablespoons of avocado oil into the hot wok. Quickly add in your chopped garlic and allow this to fry for 10-15 seconds.
- Then add in your sliced carrots and red peppers. Allow this to cook for 1 minute. Then add in the sliced snow peas and green onions. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until vegetables are soft.
- Loosen your noodles with your hands and add them into the wok. Add the sauces: light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil and dry sherry (or rice wine vinegar). Mix until noodles are evenly coated.
- Add your seasoning: salt, pepper and cane sugar. Combine well.
- Once your noodles are evenly combined, they are ready to serve.