Vegetarian Chow Mein

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Chow Mein (Fried noodle) is an easy simple recipe that is very beginner friendly. This is not the Hong Kong version (in which the noodle is deep fried). The basic of it goes like this, get the protein done, add your noodle and veg, add the sauce, mix everything together, and you’re done.

Essential components:
• Egg noodle, any kind, cooked as per instruction, al dente – beware that some noodles have been pre-seasoned
• Mushroom sliced
• Celery sliced
• Capsicum/Bell pepper sliced

Pantry items and other stuff:
• Salt, pepper, sugar
• Garlic, diced
• Sesame Oil
• Oyster sauce (I’m using vegetarian oyster sauce)
• Dark and light soy sauce
• Cooking Oil

• Have everything prepared
• In a really hot wok/pan, add the cooking oil and the mushroom, season with a tiny pinch of salt and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for about 20 seconds (If you added the garlic early it might burn)
• Add all the vegetables and the noodle, mix, then add all the seasoning: salt, pepper, sugar, oyster sauce, a small amount of dark and light soy sauce, sesame oil
• Mix everything and cook for 2-3 minutes max, this way your vegetables stay crispy, then serve

Tips and thoughts:
• Experiment with different flavours, the way you cook pretty much stays the same
• If you prefer softer vegetables you can precook them or cook them together with the mushroom
• You can also use Chinese rice wine before adding the noodle to add another layer to the dish


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