Saturday, October 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Chow Mein

Some of my favorite types of food in the whole world are dishes that come from the Orient.  From delectable Sushi in Japan, Pad Thai in Thailand, and the stir-frys of China, I adore them all!  One of my favorite Chinese dishes is Chow Mein.  This recipe for Chow Mein is super quick and easy. 
You will need:
1 small Onion
Garlic, approximately 2-3 cloves
Beef or Pork, approximately 1.5 lbs (I used a package of beef stew meat for this recipe)
Carrots, 3-4 medium
Cabbage (approximately 1/2 cup)
Six packages of instant Ramen noodles
Green onion as garnish
1-3 Tablespoons of Vegetable or Peanut oil
Dash Soy Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
First, put on a pot to boil.  Cook your Ramen noodles according to the package directions and set aside.  For this recipe, I used two Oriental Flavor, Two Beef Flavor, and Two Spicy Chile Shrimp.  Be sure to omit any extra moisture.  There should only be a small amount of soup. 
Next, slice your onion into medium-sized pieces.  Do not chop or mince.  Sliver approximately 3 cloves of garlic.  Heat oil on medium to high heat.  Begin sautéing the onion and garlic together along with the garlic salt in the oil when the oil is hot (I test this by sprinkling a little water into the oil.  If it sizzles, it's

When the onion is almost transparent, add the carrots.  Sauté for approximately five minutes.

Add the cabbage and sauté for about another five minutes.  

While this is cooking, season your meat.  I always implement my favorite seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and pepper.  Add the seasoned meat to your stir fry and sauté altogether.  

When the meat is nearly cooked through but still a bit pink on the inside, add your ramen noodles and stir-fry altogether.  Keep turning and sautéing approximately 5 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Right before you remove from heat, add a dash of Soy, and if you prefer, diced green onion. Cook approximately one minute.  All set!  Serves about 8-10.
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