Sunday, May 4, 2008
Indo-China Chow Mein for the Chinese Take-Out Party!
This is my take on one of the most popular items out of Chinese Take-Out menu, Chow Mein. As always it has been tweaked miles and miles away from the classic version, Indonesia-ised (added kecap manis), added some bling (shrimps, fried shallots) *grin*...and...ta-da!!...
My Indo-China Chow Mein, proudly delivered to you, online for the Chinese Take-Out Party!
(PS. Bring your own booze, utensils, flatware, Internet, keyboard and hanky for drool wiping purposes ^_^! Am I the most gracious host on earth or what?! LOL)
I've been on Chinese Take-Out diet...almost my whole life (hmm who isn't?). Ironically, I NEVER order Chow Mein here in Hong Kong. The Chow Mein in Hong Kong is often made of super thin egg noodles, which I am not fond of, I love my noodles long, thick, luscious and chewy, not those itsy bitsy fragile thin noodles, who said size doesn't matter?
Plus, with my current Cantonese language proficiency level, I wouldn't order chow mein, risking calling the restaurant owner "Stinky Face" or something (yep, Chinese is one of the trickiest language to learn...say it in the wrong tone, and one tiny phrase could get you beaten up by the joint force of all triad members from the whole Kowloon peninsula-oppppps)
- 1 pack of round noodles (yau mein/oil noodles, can be replaced by other noodles, such as instant egg noodles, rice noodles, etc)
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 6 cloves of shallot, finely chopped
- 1 pc of ginger, crushed
- 2 pc of small red chilli, remove core, finely sliced
- spring onion, chopped into 5 cm long pieces
- 1 egg
- 1/2 pound of lean pork, sliced thinly
- 1/2 pound of shrimps, deveined
- 1 tbsp of fried shallot
- kecap manis, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, lime juice, salt, pepper, sugar
Marinate shrimps in lime juice for a while, season with salt, pepper and sugar, pan fry until pink and curled, set aside. Saute aromatics in hot oil, add sliced lean pork, crack egg, stir in noodles, add sauces, throw in spring onion, throw in the shrimps, sprinkle fried shallot, serve hot.
8 more days to the round up of Chinese Take-Out Party!
I've started piling up boxes of Kleenex all around my desk...and you should too! ;)