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Chow Mein/Chao Mian/Chinese Stir-Fried Noodles 炒面食谱
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Author: Amy Chen
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PostPosted: 10 Jan    Recipe/Title: Chow Mein/Chao Mian/Chinese Stir-Fried Noodles 炒面食谱

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Chow Mein/Chao Mian/Chinese Stir-Fried Noodles Recipe 炒面食谱 - with step-by-step pictures

Noodles feature prominently in Chinese cuisine. There are many varieties of Chinese noodles. The long yellow dried type made of wheat flour is similar in appearance to uncooked spaghetti and like spaghetti, need to be boiled before being fried. Chinese stir-fried noodles using this type are somewhat compulsory for a Chinese birthday meal, as the long noodles signify longevity.

The recipe given here, which is for 3 or 4 servings, is easy to cook, yet extremely yummy! (Unlike most restaurants, I do not use MSG or any other artificial flavorings)

700g/1.5lb wet, cooked Chinese noodles (200g/7oz dry, uncooked)
100g/3.5oz chicken meat (pork or beef)
100g/3.5oz shrimps
6 pieces Chinese mushrooms
250g/9oz mustard green (菜心) or spinach (波菜)
½ medium sized carrot
3 cloves garlic
3 slices ginger
4 Tbsp cooking oil

Marinating (Ingredients A) :
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon soy sauce
a dash of white pepper

Marinating (Ingredients B) :
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
3 teaspoon soy sauce
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 cups water

Garnishing (optional):
Fried sliced shallots
Sliced chilies

1. Cook dry noodles in briskly boiling water for 15 minutes or according to package instructions. When ready, that is, not hard but not too soft, take out and put in a colander and flush with running tap water. Drain dry.

2. Slice chicken meat thinly and marinate with Ingredients A (Marinating) for 20 minutes.

3. De-shell and clean prawns and marinate with Ingredients B (Marinating).

4. Soak and clean Chinese mushrooms and slice them thinly. (If you are using the water in which the mushrooms have been soaked as stock, which I do, soak the mushrooms in a weak vinegar solution for 10 minutes. Rinse a few times before the final soaking.)

5. Wash mustard green and cut them into 5cm/2in lengths.

6. Slice carrot into thin strips or broader slices.

7. Mix the seasoning ingredients together for sauce.

Cooking Method:
1. Heat up oil in Chinese wok. Fry the sliced Chinese mushrooms first.

2. Keep mushrooms to one side of the wok and put in garlic and ginger to fry for a few seconds.

3. Add in chicken meat and stir-fry till color changes.

4. Next add in the shrimps and also stir-fry till they change color.

5. Mix in the mushrooms and add the carrots and mustard green to fry.

6. Pushing the contents to the sides of the wok, make a space in the center and put in the noodles.

7. Pour the seasoning sauce over and mix thoroughly.

8. A dash of dark soy sauce may be added to the noodles for color.

9. Continue to turn and mix. Noodles are ready when well combined.

10. Great tasting ‘chao mian’ ready to be served!

Step-by-step Photos:

Dry Chinese noodles. This is the popular type for cooking celebration noodles for birthdays. It is made of wheat flour, with or without egg added.

Boil the dry noodles for 15 minutes or as per instructions on noodles package.

When ready, pour into a colander and flush with running tap water.

From center anti-clockwise: Chicken meat, shrimps, garlic & ginger, mushrooms, carrot, mustard green and seasoning sauce.

Fry Chinese mushrooms. Keep mushrooms to the side of the wok and fry garlic.

Add chicken meat to stir-fry till it changes color.

The shrimps are added in and stir-fried till pink in color. Then bring down the mushrooms and stir-fry together.

Add in carrots.

Next, the mustard greens and stir-fry altogether. Stir-fry for a while till carrots and mustard are tender.

Then the noodles are added in and the seasoning sauce poured over.

At this juncture, a few drops of dark soy sauce may be added for color. Mix thoroughly.

The yummy ‘chao mian’ – garnished with fried sliced shallots.

Last edited by Amy Chen on 18 Feb; edited 4 times in total
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Author: Kitchen Learner
   Joined: 01 Dec    Posts: 2
PostPosted: 01 Dec    Recipe/Title: They make my mouth water :P
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Wow, the pictures are really beautiful, well-taken, or rather, your chao mien is really nice. They make my mouth water for sure. Just want to tell you, I enjoy this website very much. I had tried a few recipes and they all turned out wonderful - will surely try this one out as well.
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