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Fried noodles (Chow Mein) vegetarian

The Madame has been in full steam for the last few weeks, because since our summer vacation things have been going on in quick succession from the beginning of September: First the schooling of our grown-ups, then a weekend on a press trip to Austria, followed by various Wiesn visits, children's birthday parties, first gymnastics competition the daughter, next weekend the first children's tournament in the riding school, and then also published the cookbook including a book party with around 100 guests. Oh yeah, doing the work in the physio practice, child care and housekeeping on the side.

I didn't want to trade with her.

Since there was not enough time for new recipes on Madame Cuisine, I wanted to offer myself again. Asian? With pleasure. But please with noodles. OK. Then fried noodles!

Until then, I didn't know how many different types of noodle there are in the Asian market. Thick rice noodles, thin vermicelli rice noodles, Mie noodles (wheat noodles), thick and thin egg noodles ... and ideally all of them are only labeled with Asian characters. How should I find the right ones?

I was actually looking for chow mein noodles (also known as Hong Kong noodles), which are also the namesake for a typical Chinese dish that is very popular in Asia and also in the USA. The noodles are fried in a hot wok with constant stirring ("stir-fried"), mixed with soy sauce, and then served with fried meat or just vegetables. Chow Mein means "fried noodles".

I stood for about a quarter of an hour in the Asia market in front of the various types of noodle. Ultimately, I decided on the Chinese egg noodles that you can see in the photo above. In retrospect, that was a pretty good choice - although my tip for your purchase is simply: Chinese egg noodles.

Ingredients for 2 people

  • 225 g Chinese egg noodles
  • 50 g mung bean sprouts
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 pak choi
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 pack of brown beech mushrooms (or 1 handful)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce (also available as a vegetarian version)

For the sauce to fry:

  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tsp Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp warm water
  • White pepper

Preparation: Fried noodles (Chow Mein)

  1. Cook the pasta for only a few minutes according to the instructions, collect in a sieve and rinse thoroughly under the tap. Drain and set aside.
  2. Mix the ingredients of the sauce together in a small bowl.
  3. Peel or wash the vegetables. Roughly cut the pak choi into pieces. Cut the carrot into sticks. Finely chop the garlic. Separate the mushrooms from the forest floor and wash them well. Cut the spring onion diagonally into strips.
  4. Fry the noodles in 2 tablespoons of oil in a hot wok for several minutes, stirring repeatedly and swirling the wok. Then add the mixed sauce and mix everything well. Sear them briefly and then park the pasta in a deep plate.
  5. Now fry the vegetables (without the sprouts) together with 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok for 3-4 minutes, stirring well.
  6. Reduce the heat. Add the pasta again and add the oyster sauce. Finally add the sprouts, mix everything well again. Spread on plates or in bowls and enjoy!

The inspiration for this recipe comes from The Woks of Life. Thank you, dear wokkies! 😀

Fried noodles (Chow Mein) vegetarian
by Martin on October 19, 2018

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking or baking time: 20 minutes

Nutritional value per serving: 460 calories
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Recipe categories: Asian / Oriental Search words: Asian, Chinese, Chow Mein, Fried noodles, Cooking, Recipe