30 April 2012

#2 Saturday Night...means...




...It's "Fake-Away" night...you know what I mean, a "take-away" made by you...or in this case, me...



So, what was on my menu last night?


1. Egg Fried Rice
2. Chicken Chow Mein
3. Sweet and Sour Chicken Hong Kong Style
4. Green Vegetables in Oyster Sauce...


...and Number 2 on my menu was...Chicken Chow Mein...It is another simple dish to make, and one with not many ingredients...and a simple method...

To make enough for 4 as part of a larger meal you need:
*4 Noodle Nests - dried medium egg noodles are the ones I use
*600ml chicken stock - to cook the noodles in
*1 packet of fresh beansprouts
*1/2 large onion - sliced thinly
*6 Spring onions - sliced on the diagonal
*1-2 Chicken breasts, cooked and sliced thinly - you can use leftover cooked chicken or cook it fresh for the dish...
*Veg oil - enough for frying
*Soy sauce - to taste
*Mirin - to taste (optional)


Start by cooking the noodles - follow the instructions on the packet, most say to simmer for 3-5 mins in boiling water, but for this dish I use chicken stock (you can use veg stock if making a mixed veg chow mein) for added flavour...Once cooked, drain and leave while you get on with the next bit...(which once again I forgot to photograph!! I wasn't really on my game tonight!!)...which is to fry the onions (both spring and brown) in some oil, on a high heat, you want to get a bit of colour on them...once they have some colour, about 3-5 mins...add in the beansprouts and fry for another 5-8 minutes...
 ...then it's time to add the noodles, soy and a little mirin if using, but be sure to taste as you go...they can be a bit salty...
 ...finally add in the cooked chicken strips...stir, taste again and either serve, or pop into a warm oven (about Gas 1/ c) to keep hot until needed...I popped mine in the oven for about 10 mins whilst finishing off the sweet and sour chicken and they were fine...
The final dish should look like mine above...and of course the basic noodles, onions and beansprouts can be served plain without the chicken or 'tweaked' to include any combination of meat or veggies...

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