Monday, February 17, 2014

Veggie Lo Mein

I love Chinese food. One of my favorite things about these basic dishes, is how easy they are to make at home. The simplicity of these dishes actually surprised me when I got married and started cooking for us. We never made these types of food at home when I was a kid. My Mom is a master of comfort food. She makes delicious food, just not this kind. This is one of my Hubbie's favorite meals. It's easy and delicious. I do a meatless version most of the time, but I've also done chicken and pork in the past. My little sister recently became vegan and I plan on making a version for her soon.


  • 2 cups Cabbage shredded
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup Carrots, shredded or julienned
  • 1/2 bunch Green Onions, sliced
  • 1 lb Fresh Steamed Thin Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce (Light)
  • 2 TBS Sesame Oil
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth, or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 TBS fish sauce (optional)
  • 1.5 TBS cornstarch
  • 2 packages of lo mein noodles, prepared acccording to paclage directions
    Note: My small town grocery store doesn't always stock lo mein noodles, so I sometimes just use 3 packs of ramen noodles without the seasoning packets.
    Prepare the noodles according to the package instruction, drain and set aside in a large bowl. Warm a small amount of sesame oil over medium heat in a large skillet or wok. Add cabbage, mushrooms, and carrots, sprinkle with pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until cabbage is wilted and carrots are softened. Add the green onions. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame noodles, broth, fish sauce (if using), and cornstarch and whisk together. Add veggies to the noodles. Pour the sauce mixture into the empty skillet and whisk until thickened, this will only take a few minutes. Toss the noodles, veggies, and sauce together and serve. Easy peasy.
    You can find Fish Sauce in most grocery stores now, usually with the rest of the Asian foods. It has a very pungent smell, but it adds wonderful flavor to many Asian dishes. I hope you try it.