Believe it or not, it’s so easy shopping for ingredients for Oriental recipes. I’d dare say, it’s even fun. You get so much culture in such a little place and sometimes its just really nice to get out of my comfort zone only to realize it can be just as comfortable somewhere else.
The folks at this 1st Oriental Market are amazing people. They’re so eager to help with all your needs. And I find that this is common just about anywhere I go when it comes to foreign food. People like to share their experiences and culture. I find that it isn’t any different here and the owner, Earl and his wife, make it a real pleasant experience.
Most Oriental Cooking, these days, is very simplified because almost all of the guess work has already been cut out for you. I don’t have to make every individual sauce that is used to combine with other sauces to make one great recipe. For example: when a recipe calls for Hoisin Sauce, you don’t have to make you’re own Hoisin Sauce from scratch(which would require several other ingredients), you just crack open a bottle. And what about Plum Sauce… could you imagine having to make that beforehand too? Both of these ingredients are in my Chinese Barbecue Sauce recipe, which only has 5 or 6 ingredients: Hoisin, Plum Sauce, Ketchup, Sugar, 5 spice powder etc., and that makes it really simple just buying each one of those premade bottles. But, could you imagine having to make all of those ingredients as well? You’d be making ingredients for your ingredients.
That being said, I would just like you to understand and realize that you don’t have to learn translations of ingredients you’ve probably never heard of in the first place. Because, most of the basic ingredients I show you in this video are very versatile to most of the popular Americanized Oriental recipes that you’re likely familiar with anyway.
So get familiar with the few I show you now and I’ll introduce more as we go and you’ll be a pro before you know it!
Cash in on this Chicken Chow Mein dinner Fo’ Show! It’s got everything you want in this recipe; vegetables, chicken, rice and Crispy noodles. Yep, that’s what I’m talking about. Now, if you’re wondering why I’m referencing “Eastern” Chicken Chow Mein for this recipe and you missed my other post about “Western” Chow Mein, you can CLICK RIGHT HERE to read up on the differences between the two and how Lo Mein fits in with all the confusion. Otherwise, let’s move on shall we.
Traditionally, Chicken Chow Mein is serve with a ton a vegetables over rice, topped with crispy noodles. If that’s what you are looking for, then you came to the right place. This recipe has all of that, and I’m happy to say that and more. But this Chicken Chow Mein recipe doesn’t necessarily have to have chicken in it at all if you prefer a substitutions. Tofu is an excellent source of protein and it’s used in Chinese cooking constantly. So if you’re leaning that way, don’t be shy because this recipe is great with Tofu too. Personally I even prefer using shrimp when I’ve got it. Nothing like some wild Browns!
Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients:
2 cups of rice
2 cups Crispy Noodles
4 boneless Chicken thighs (chicken breast,shrimp or tofu)
2 Celery Stocks
1 cup Shitake Mushrooms
1 cup Bean Sprouts
1 can Water chestnuts
1 hand full String Peas
1/2 chopped Onion
3 cups Chicken stock
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp fresh chopped Ginger
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
peanut oil for cooking
Cook the Chicken thoroughly, salt and pepper to taste
Mix 2 cups of Chicken stock with soy and sugar on low heat in a seperate pan
Mix 1 cup of Chicken stock with corn starch in a seperate bowl
Stir fry all the vegetables, add chicken, then stock with soy and bring to a boil
Add Chicken stock with Corn starch
Add Sesame Oil and Ginger and serve
For an added bonus, I like to top off this recipe with a shake of Tempura Dipping sauce, made by Kikkoman. I hope you enjoy this Eastern Chicken Chow Mein recipe as much as I do.