Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Chicken Chow Mein
I live with 3 people who do not like Chinese food. (A travesty, isn't it?) The way I look at it, there are two ways for me to handle my situation:
A. Appreciate the fact that I get all of the Chinese food to myself and I don't have to worry about my family stealing my leftovers for lunch.
B. Try and convert my non Chinese-food eating family into Chinese food lovers.
I have tried enjoying the fact that I am the sole Chinese food lover of the family but to be quite honest - I am eating way too much Chinese food because I have no one to share it with.
So what is a girl to do? Is it even possible to convert someone into a Chinese food lover? If any recipe could create a chow mein lover out of a chow mein hater, it would be a Cook's Illustrated recipe. It was really my best chance of getting someone in my family to share my love of Chinese food.
Chicken Chow Mein
6 ounce package fresh chow mein noodles
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tablespoons dry sherry
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
3 Tablespoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
6 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin
1 carrot, shredded
2 celery ribs, sliced thin
4 scallions, sliced thin
3 garlic cloves
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 ounces bean sprouts
Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Drain again. Toss with sesame oil.
Dissolve baking soda in 1/2 cup cold water. Add chicken and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Drain and rinse chicken in cold water. Pat dry. Slice chicken into thin strips.
Combine 1 T. sherry, 2 teaspoons cornstarch and chicken strips.
Whisk together broth, oyster sauce, pepper, 2 T. sherry and 1 teaspoon cornstarch.
Heat oil in skillet. Add chicken and cook until opaque.
Add mushrooms and carrots and cook 2 minutes.
Add celery and cook 1 minute longer.
Add scallions, garlic and ginger.
Pour in broth mixture and cook until chicken is cooked through.
Add bean sprouts and noodles.
Pour into a serving bowl and enjoy.
Chop sticks optional.
Everyone ate the chicken chow mien and I was totally surprised. The kids picked out the chicken and the noodles (that was to be expected) but Ben and I ate all of it. It was delicious! Ben even asked if he could take the leftovers to work for lunch!