Chow mein is a dish of stir fried noodles to which other ingredients can be added.
- Combine chicken broth, oyster sauce, and sugar in a small bowl. Reserve for later.
- Mix soy sauce, cornstarch, and water in a medium sized bowl. Add the chicken and stir until well coated in this batter.
- Cook noodles in boiling water until they are done but still firm, about 2 minutes, drain the water and toss with the sesame oil. Set aside.
- Heat 1 Tbs (15 ml) of peanut oil. Stir-fry the chicken pieces for about 5 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the wok and keep warm.
- Again, heat 1 Tbs (15 ml) of peanut oil on medium-high heat in the wok. Add the onion, peppers and mung bean sprouts. Stir fry for 3 minutes, until the onion becomes slightly translucent. Add to the chicken and toss.
- For the third time, heat 1 Tbs (15 ml) of peanut oil in the wok. Add the cooked noodles and stir-fry until they are heated.
- Now, stir in again the vegetables and chicken. Add the sweetened oyster sauce and broth, cover, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Return to the bowl and serve straight away.
To cook the noodles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Carefully add the noodles to the boiling water. Use a wooden spoon to stir and separate them. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring a few times to prevent the noodles from sticking.
To cook in the wok, use a medium-high or heat.
Substitute the vegetables in this recipe for others of your choice. For instance, pak choi, carrots and mung bean sprouts is a good mix, as well, or just use the vegetables at hand.
You can easily prepare shrimp chow mein or beef chow mein in the same way.