The Allrecipes site is one of the better places for recipes and that’s where I found this one. Nearly any fresh veggie will work in this – I had onions, broccoli, celery, cabbage, and a red bell pepper. I used their sauce recipe with the addition of a tablespoon of sweet soy sauce.Nearly any pasta, too, will work. I browsed the pictures people sent in and there were a couple of them that had used pasta shells although I’m not sure that one could be properly called lo mein. The recipe’s author used angel hair pasta, I used noodles bought at the Asian foods store, they are wheat noodles, thin and flat rather than round.
Years ago we used to frequent a Chinese restaurant where I almost always ordered their “Kung Pao Triple Delight” – a Kung Pao chicken dish that also included shrimp and pork. The triple delight referred to the three kinds of meats. This was the place (and the dish) where I learned there could be a huge difference between ordering extra peppers and extra hot. The waitress was kept busy refilling this red faced and sweaty (and stubborn!) patron’s glass with ice water.
The double delight in the post title reflects the shrimp and chicken in the dish. I do have a little heat in this one via a dollop of chili garlic paste in the sauce and a couple of jalapenos with the veggies but not so much that Mrs J noticed enough to mention. The chicken was dredged in corn starch and then fried in oil and set aside until the dish came together in the wok after the veggies had cooked down for a few minutes. The noodles were pre-cooked and oiled to keep them from sticking together. The chicken, noodles, and shrimp were all combined with the veggies and the sauce to warm them all for the platter.
I like green beans cooked this way: Parboil the cleaned beans for about 4 or 5 minutes then dump them in an ice bath to quickly stop them cooking. I drain them and put them aside until right before dinner is due then saute them in oil with garlic and ginger. I use olive oil with a wee drop of sesame oil for the flavor, and add a dollop of oyster sauce right at the end before plating. The sesame seeds are a garnish, optional.
For the lo mein dish the chicken marinated in soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and a spoonful of chili garlic paste with some cornstarch. I make a brown sauce that is pretty much the same as the marinade plus a slug of chicken stock. To prepare the dish, heat some oil in a wok, add chopped onions and frozen peas, garlic and ginger, and add the chicken with its marinade. Leave it alone in the hot wok for a minute or two without tossing and it’ll brown nicely. Add the cooked and drained noodles and stir to combine, add the brown sauce and stir and toss as it thickens.
Wikipedia tells me that “lo mein” translates from the Cantonese to “stirred noodles”. This dish had chicken breast chunks and shrimp with broccoli, onions, and carrots along with rehydrated mushrooms that I bought dried. I’ve learned to simmer them for at least an hour before they are anywhere near tender enough to eat, and don’t try to save the stems. I simmered these with the dried cayenne peppers, and used the broth from that in making the brown sauce. I ran across a good discussion of brown sauces here. Mine has dark soy, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, chicken paste in that mushroom stock, a little chili paste, tamari, and a lot of garlic. I sweeten ours with Splenda but sugar is more common.
I had a yen for lo mein after seeing some pictured at another site. That one was beef and broccoli and we were going to do the same but got side tracked. Chicken works for me. I thawed shrimp but decided to go with those another time. I’ve found good Asian recipes at Rasa Malaysia and used their recipe for this one. A few minor tweaks, maybe.We paid a visit to the International Grocery this morning and brought back some noodles and sauces. These noodles say they are Cantonese style and I will take their word for it. I thought they were egg noodles from their color but they are wheat based. I cooked up three of the bundles for this but that was at least one too many. Leftovers!I bought the tamari and some more sesame oil along with the noodles. I had the sweet soy sauce already and was thinking tamari was about the same thing but it’s not, exactly. Tamari is about halfway between regular light soy sauce and the syrupy sweet soy sauce. Tamari is thicker and darker than light soy, not as salty, the sweet soy sauce is pretty thick, like molasses. In a day or two I will try the same basic recipe with shrimp and another style of Chinese wheat noodle.
I had a hankering for a Chinese buffet tonight but didn’t want to go out. Made some lo mein and some fried rice, stir fried some chicken and broccoli, assembled a Mongolian Beef dish with mushrooms and Szechuan peppercorns, and tried a new recipe for the chicken.
I went straight to the Rasa Malaysia site for their take on the dish. They haven’t steered me wrong yet and today’s recipe was fun, easy, and delicious.All in all, it wasn’t too bad an effort but it about wore me out. I may just go ahead into town the next time the urge hits.