Saturday, April 4, 2015

Lo Mein let me count the ways............

Would you believe me if I told you a little ole Chinese Lady
taught me how to cook Chinese correctly?
I'm sure her eyes are rolling at my Chinese Recipes
What can I say we all Love Chinese Take Out!!

 Lo Mein is sooooo easy
Not to be confused with Chow Mein
It is great as a  side dish - or add meat for a main dish
you choose
The trick to awesome LoMein is the garlic, ginger and sesame oil
Lo Mein can have a variety of vegetables
add the ones you like

 Saute the garlic and ginger in oil getting it a pretty golden
Boil the pasta, my favorite  pasta for Lo Mien is Tinkyada Fettucini
Tinkyada Pastas are made with Brown Rice
Brown Rice is low on the glycemic index
Being gluten free has it good points ;0)
 toss the cooked pasta in the sauce then add the cooked vegetables

the easiest way to chop scallions is with clean scissors
 Serve the hungry crowd that's been patiently waiting!!


Lo Mein
makes 4-6 servings

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce ( joyce chen makes a gluten free one)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 cup carrots sliced thin1 cup celery sliced thin
1 cup onion, slivered
1 cup cabbage, slivered use ½ a bag
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cups fresh bean sprouts or 1 cup canned
1 lb fettuccini or tinkyada's 12oz package of brown rice noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 cup scallions
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to the package directions. Drain, rinse
 While Pasta is cooking, in large fry pan heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, sauté vegetables (not the  scallions) about 5 minutes, you want to keep them crisp.  Sometimes I cheat add a little water to steam them.  What can I say I'm impatient. Set cooked vegetables aside.

Place frying pan over med high heat until hot. Add the sesame oil, swirling to coat the sides. Add ginger and garlic cook, careful not to brown it, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the sauce ingredients, cook until heated through. Add the noodles toss to coat. 
Add the cooked vegetables and scallions. Serve
Add cooked shrimp, leftover sliced chicken or steak

Beef Lo Mein -Oyster Sauce in place of the Hoisin Sauce for a darker stronger flavor sauce.
Add left over thinly sliced steak or fry some steak up just for the Lo Mein.

Vegetables: add peapods, baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shouts, more mushrooms,
bagged shredded cabbage saves time, experiment have fun

If you don't have Hoisin Sauce just use more soy sauce or Lachoy Teriyaki Sauce