Delicious vegetable chow mein which is super easy to make.
This has a lovely combination of the soft noodles and the crunchy vegetables.
The soya sauce is not raw. This dish requires a very small amount of it.
Use any vegetables you want to, add nuts, seeds or anything else you want to. I added a sprinkle of hemp seeds.
This is inspired by harmonylia’s Butternut Squash Con Agli Olio which is gorgeous.
I was watching an episode of Seinfeld called “The Chinese Restaurant”, and experienced a big craving for some kind of greasy Chinese food, like my favorite udon noodles. With this in mind, I went into my kitchen to open up a young coconut to drink, and found the meat, which I had planned to blend with the water, to be very firm. That’s when the gears started turning and I came up with this, which turned out delightfully similar to the oily Chinese variety, for those moments when you’re all, “I’VE GOTTA HAVE ME SOME LO MEIN!!!”
Now to the recipe.
I used to love to eat Chow Fun when I lived in Berkeley, Ca for a short time. I haven’t been able to find anything like it since. But I’d always get it with a lot of hot red peppers and vegetables.
Mmmm, Chinese take-out.
I came up with this recipe on the fly as a way to hold on to some delicious mustard greens that were wilting more quickly than I could consume them. The result is a salad of wilted but still crisp greens, as if they had been just lightly steamed, in a sauce eerily reminiscent of chinese take-out. Perfect thing to pack for work, especially when you know your corporate lunch is going to be from PF Chang’s.
If you can get them (and if you’re okay with it digestively!), adding fresh wood ear mushrooms really adds heartiness and authenticity to this dish. (You could also use shiitake!)
By the way, while I’m pretty sure these amounts will produce tasty food, please take all measurements as guidelines; I rarely measure things when I make food for myself. Taste and test as you go.