I'm starting a new thread here to respond to sohailgagai who inquired about chow mein in the Terms & Techniques section because:
1. Terms & Techniques is "broken" and posts don't show on the "25 Most Recent Post List"... so a lot of people who know more about Chinese recipes than I won't see it and won't reply.
(Yes, I already told an Administrator about this
2. sohailgagai is new here and posted his "request" for Chow Mein info in the Terms & Techniques section rather than the "Ethnic Foods" section where it fits better?
Basic Chow Mein
(I got this somewhere on the net a long time ago.. so I don't take credit and I don't recall any author being mentioned.. so...)
1/2 pound fresh egg noodles or equivalent of cooked pasta such as spaghetti, etc.
1 can bamboo shoots
1 can water chestnuts
1/2 red or green (red is prettier.. is that a word?) bell pepper
1 cup fresh (or frozen ones thawed) snow peas
2 celery stalks, cut at an angle
2 slices ginger
2 TB dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 TB Chinese rice vinegar
1 cup bean sprouts
Peanut Oil (preferred) for Stir-frying
Blanch the noodles in boiling water for 3 - 5 minutes, or cook according to the package directions if using dry pasta.
Prepare the vegetables: Rinse all the vegetables and drain thoroughly. (Rinse the bamboo shoots and canned water chestnuts under warm running water for several minutes to remove any tinny taste). Cut the red bell pepper in half, remove the seeds, and cut into thin strips. String the snow peas and cut the celery into thin strips on the diagonal.
Heat the wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the minced ginger and stir-fry briefly until aromatic.
Add the water chestnuts. Stir-fry briefly, and add the other vegetables except for the bean sprouts. Stir-fry briefly and add the noodles.
Stir in the dark soy sauce, sugar, and rice vinegar. Stir in the bean sprouts.
You could cut up chicken breast in thin slices and/or pork and stir fry them first, just before the water chestnuts and stir fry until done and remove, then add back at the end.
Those of you who forgot more about this stuff than I know, please give sohailgagai some more ideas.