Chow Mein (Stir-fried Noodles)
Chinese name: 炒面 (chǎo miàn)
Chow Mein, also Stir-fried Noodles, is welcomed throughout China because of its quick and easy cooking method.
All kinds of vegetables and meat can be used to fry with different types of noodles, such as wide & thin noodles, triangular or irregular-shaped noodle pieces and instant noodles.
Recipe of Cooking Chow Mein
cooking oil; starch; cooking wine; salt; light soy sauce
Note: The amount of the ingredients and seasonings above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
1. Clean the pork and cut into thin strips. Put them in a bowl.
2. Peel the carrot, remove the peduncles and seeds of green peppers, and discard the husk of the onion leaving the bulb. Clean all of them and cut into strips.
3. Trim the green onion. Clean and cut into thin slices.
4. Peel the ginger and dispose of the husk of the garlic. Clean and mince them.
Preserve the pork: Combine the pork strips with salt, starch and cooking wine. Stir to mix well and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Steam the noodles: Fill the steamer with 1/4-1/3 full of water and heat it until boiling. Grease the steamer basket with a thin layer of oil to prevent the noodles from sticking. Lay the noodles on the steamer basket and steam for about 10 minutes over high heat.
Fry the lean pork: Preheat the wok. Add cooking oil and heat it up. Add the pork strips and fry until they turn pale yellow, then remove.
Stir-fry the vegetables: Add a little more cooking oil in the wok and heat it. When the oil is hot, add in garlic, ginger and green onion. Stir-fry for 5-10 seconds until fragrant, then add in carrot and onion to fry for another 1 minute over medium heat.
Add the green pepper strips and fried lean pork. Combine well and fry for a half minute.
Add in the noodles. Stir to thoroughly mix with other vegetables. Fry for 1 minute over high heat. Add some light soy sauce and salt. Combine well and turn off the heat.
The Chow Mein (Stir-fried Noodles) is ready now.
Tips on Cooking the Noodles:
Before cooking Chow Mein, it is necessary to cook the noodles first by steaming or boiling according to the different types of noodles. Usually steaming for 10 minutes will be sufficient, and the boiling process lasts 3-5 minutes, which can be flexibly adjusted. The thinner the noodles are, the shorter the boiling time can be. If choosing to boil, it is advised to soak the noodles in cold water for about 5 minutes afterwards, then drain off the water. Regardless of steaming or boiling, cook the noodles medium-well done, because frying will follow.
Mr. David, Ms. Caroline, Ms. Alexandria & Ms. Elizabeth from USA had a great experience in a typical Xi'an family through a special cooking class by the host. With great curiosity about Chinese pastas, they learned to cook Chow Mein & Chinese dumplings at the same time. They commented it was a lot of fun and very insightful.
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