All-Vegetable Chow Mein

Vegetable Chow Mein is a traditional meal for the Chinese, which claims to be one of the most popular dishes found in the country. The name Chow Mein is etymologically derived from the word chāu-mèing meaning fried noodles. Though the inception of the dish was in China, it is now widely popular in the UK, USA and India. Undoubtedly, it is a suitable dish for the vegetarians as the main ingredient of the dish is vegetables. So it’s an obvious choice for the vegetarians, but fear not the non-vegetarians, there are delicious flavours awaiting you. If your taste buds can reach the dish, then they won’t separate until it’s gone! Don’t worry if you blurt out “I would love somebody to gently scoop chow mein into my mouth because I have an Asian fed-dish!”, this is a common side effect. By the way, this intensely flavoursome dish is also rich in nutrition containing high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, Copper, Manganese and Niacin. You really shouldn’t wait any longer to get acquainted with the health benefits of the dish! So what are you waiting for? Have a glance at the recipe and be a part of history in experiencing this global cult!

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Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 10 mins

Serves : 3-4

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Main Ingredient : Rice
Recipe Type : Lunch

Ingredients :


  • 30ml/1fl oz sesame oil
  • 50g/1.75oz shallots, thinly sliced
  • 30g/1oz garlic, minced
  • 50g/1.75oz red bell pepper, sliced
  • 100g/3.5oz sweet peas
  • 25g/1oz dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and sliced
  • 100g/3.5oz oyster mushrooms
  • 100g/3.5oz uncooked Chinese rice noodles
  • 30ml/1fl oz kecap manis(sweet soy sauce)

Method :
  1. Bring 500 ml of water to a boil. Add uncooked Chinese rice noodles and simmer, tossing constantly, until all liquid is fully absorbed. Set aside.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a wok.
  3. Add shallots and garlic. Sauté until aromatic.
  4. Add bell peppers and sweet peas. Sauté.
  5. Add shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Sauté for a minute.
  6. Add cooked noodles and toss thoroughly.
  7. Add Kecap Manis and toss well.
  8. Serve hot.

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