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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Vegetable Chow Mein

A stir-fry of unbroken noodles is a tradition believed to bring good health and luck in the New Year. All these veggies can't hurt either! Happy Year of the Rabbit 🧧🐇

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
2 cups shredded cabbage or bagged coleslaw mix
2 celery stalks, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, thickly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, thickly sliced
2 - 2 1/2 cups bean sprouts
2 green onions, slice and separate the white and green
About half box (500g pkg) Yet Ca Mein asian wheat noodles (or sub spaghetti)
salt and pepper to taste

3 tbsps hoisin sauce
3 tbsps soya sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 tbsp cornstarch

Cook and drain the noodles, rinse with cold water and set aside in a bowl. Cut all the veggies and garlic. Combine the hoisin, soya sauce, sugar and broth in a bowl (not the cornstarch yet) and set aside. I prepped everything in the morning and grouped my vegetables as they would be needed in the recipe.

Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in a wok or large skillet to medium heat and add the garlic for 30 seconds. Add the carrots and onion and stir for 1 minute before adding the rest of the vegetables, including the white slices of the green onion. Reserve the green for garnishing. Cook the veggies for 2-3 minutes. Whisk the cornstarch into the bowl with the sauce. Make a well in the center of the wok and add the sauce. Stir together and cook 1-2 minutes. Add the drained noodles to the pan along with salt and pepper. Stir well. (Note: if the noodles are a little clumped before adding them, just pour water over and drain again to loosen.) Taste and adjust, maybe adding more salt, pepper or soya sauce if needed.
Pour everything onto a serving platter and top with sliced green onion.
Serves 4 as a meal or 8 if serving with other dishes.
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