CHICKEN OR PORK CHOW MEIN
This is a basic recipe - the meat and/or vegetables can be varied as much as you like.
250 g/8 oz Chinese egg noodles
3-5 tbsp vegetable oil
125g/4oz French beans
250 g/8 oz chicken breast meat, or pork fillet (tenderloin), cooked
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp salt lh tsp sugar
1 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 spring onions (scallions), flnely shredded afew drops sesame oil
chilli sauce, to serve (optional)
Cook the noodles in boiling i water according to the instructions on the packet, then drain and rinse under cold water. Drain again and toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
Slice the meat into thin shreds and top and tail the beans.
Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a preheated wok until hot. Add the noodles and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, then remove to a serving dish. Keep warm.
Heat the remaining oil and stir-fry the beans and meat for about 2 minutes. Add the salt, sugar, wine, the remaining soy sauce and about half the spring onions (scallions) to the wok.
Blend the meat mixture well and add a little stock if necessary, then pour on top of the noodles, and sprinkle with sesame oil and the remaining onions (scallions9. Serve hot or cold with or without chilli sauce.
220 Chow Mein fiterally means "stir-fried noodles" and is highly populär in the West as well as in China. Almost any ingredient can be added, such as fish, meat, poultry or vegetables. It is very populär for lunch and makes a tasty salad served cold.