Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Grocery Store Lo Mein

Last week, I was in the mood for lo mein. It seems everyone else in my neighborhood had the same idea because the grocery store was sold out of almost everything I had planned on adding to the dish.  Good thing I just make stuff up as a go along.

Here's what I came up with given the extremely limited selection at the grocery store:

Grocery Store Lo Mein

Grocery Store LoMein
4 Shiitake Mushrooms, cut into match sticks
4 Green Onions, diced
1 Red Pepper, cut into match sticks
1 large handful angel hair (finely shredded) Cabbage
1 package of Spaghetti Noodles
1" ginger root, peeled and shredded
1/2C Soy Sauce
1T Sesame Oil
1T Vegetable Oil
1/2t Red Pepper Flakes

Assorted veggies prepped and ready to cook.

Step 1: Cook spaghetti noodles according to the package directions. Drain the water from the noodles, put 1T of sesame oil in the bottom of the pot used to cook the noodles, add the drained noodles back to the pot and stir. This keeps the noodles from sticking together.

Step 2: Break out the wok. That's right. A wok. I have an electric wok and it is the most useful kitchen gadget ever invented. (I'll extol the virtues of woks another day.)  Heat the wok to 350 degrees, add 1T of vegetable oil and shredded ginger. Stir fry the ginger until it begins to brown around the edges.  (About 5 minutes)

Step 3:  Next, add a large handful of shredded cabbage, and the red pepper cut into match sticks. Stir fry until the peppers start to soften just a little. (About 3 minutes)
The Wok: Most useful kitchen gadget ever.
Step 4: Add Noodles, shiitake mushooms, 1/2C soy sauce, 1/2t red pepper flakes, and green onions. Stir fry for another 3-5 minutes so the noodles are evenly coated with soy sauce and red pepper flakes.

MMMM. Lo Mein.
Also, I need some new props for food photography.

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