Thursday, July 10, 2014

Loaded Veggie Chow-mein

Amidst the cravings of my favourite cuisine, Italiano, strikes the craving for yet another favourite of mine- Chinese!! 

Do I love Chinese or do I love Chinese?!

Especially more since the time I learnt to use the chopsticks. Slurping the chowmein albeit borders on playing with social etiquette but I rather love doing it! I love how the flavours play on my tongue and the gentle heat I feel on my palate once the chowmein is all gone. Its like a love story.... Heroine loves Chinese food, she makes Chinese food, she eats the food she's made and she lives happily ever after...

A big sap I am. Love I try to find everywhere. 

So the other day I wanted to make something quick and easy. Chinese cuisine is something that plays a lot with flavours, simple flavours but it always packs a punch. So here I present to you, Loaded Veggie Chowmein





Serves: 4

Complexity: **

Time taken: 30 mins including prep


You'll need

500 gms Noodles
1 red onion sliced into half moons
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thinly(use other colours too if you want)
1 carrot, julienned
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup string beans cut into halves
1 cup shredded cabbage
1" pc of ginger, finely minced
10 cloves garlic, finely minced (garlic cloves I use are quite small, use less if you will)
2-3 dry red chillies, broken into 2
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp chili sauce
2 tbsp Sweet chili sauce
pinch of salt
3-4 green onions separated into whites and greens
Coriander to garnish (optional)
roasted sesame seeds
3-4 tbsp of Peanut oil
Pinch of love


Method

To prep, cut all the veggies as per directions. Have everything ready and in place. We want to very quickly just stir fry the vegetables which doesn't take longer than 3-4 minutes once the oil is heated. 

In a wok or a deep skillet, add the peanut oil and keep the heat on medium high. 





When the oil starts to shimmer, add the red onions, the whites of the green onions. Give it a stir and saute for 30 seconds or so till the onions turn translucent. 





the minced garlic and ginger. You should hear them all sizzle. The aroma that hits you is insane!!





Next throw in the carrots and the beans along with the zucchini. Give them a stir and let them cook for another minute 





Add the broken red chilies next. Look at those lovely hot seeds sprinkled on the vegetables...mmm spicyyyyy!! 





Add in the shredded cabbage





Throw in the sliced yellow bell pepper next. Keep tossing the veggies





Add in very quickly the chili sauce





The soy sauce





The sweet chili sauce. Now adding this sauce just adds a sweet depth of flavour. It doesn't make the chowmein sweet, but its like when you add a pinch of salt to the pancake batter to let all the flavours of the pancake pop. Same way the sweet chili sauce brings out the flavours of all that goes in here. 





Meanwhile, before you put your wok on the heat, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and season it with salt. Add your noodles in it along with a few drops of oil. By the time you cook your veggies, your noodles will be done as well. Most noodles take 3-4 minutes to cook. Do not overcook them or else they will become sticky. I've had that happen to me tons of times. When they are done, drain them and drizzle 1 tbsp oil on them again and toss. 

Throw in the noodles with the veggies.





Give it a good toss till everything's all combined. Sprinkle in your pinch of love. 





Place noodles in a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves and the greens of the green onions. Scatter some toasted golden sesame seeds and serve piping hot! 





How lovely those look! They taste even better! Indulge!! 









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