I was going to do another round of chicken stir fry, but I discovered that the piece of breast that I have left is quite tiny. It is not going to cut it in terms of making me full. So, I will have to improvise. I am going to cook an angmoh (white people) dish. I’m going to cook Chicken Chow Mein!
What? I am telling you, Chow Mein is a Westernized Chinese fried noodles dish. You can only get them in the UK or the US mostly. They are not cooked the same way as how Asians normally do it with our big ass wok and even bigger fire. You are more likely to find Chow Mein in Jamie Oliver’s kitchen that you will find in the streets in Asia.
Actually Chow Mein 炒面 is a Cantonese pronunciation of Fried Noodles. Chow = Fried, Mein = Noodles.
Since I don’t have the necessary tools to cook a proper Chinese fried noodles, I will just settle for cooking a Chow Mein..
I’m trying to stick to what the Brits and Yanks do when they cook this. After eating a few chow meins from the UK and the US, my observation is that, apart from noodles, the four mandatory ingredients they use are:
- Bok choy @ Siew pak choy @ Chinese cabbage
- Soy sauce
- Cashew nuts
Seriously, every fried noodles dish that I have had in white people countries has cashew nuts in it. What’s with these nuts? Does fried noodles dish in China use cashew nuts as well?
I actually bought the soy sauce and packet of cashew nuts from the kedai runcit in my flat. There’s 3 kedai runcits in my flat actually. Kedai runcit is basically a Malaysian version of 7-11. Or Lawson.
Since it is chicken chow mein, I also have some other ingredients:
- Chicken (obviously)
- Olive oil, pepper
As I was taking the ingredients out from the fridge, I belatedly realized that I do not have noodles! What I do have is a little bit of the ribbon pasta left, and since pasta is Italian noodles, they would do.
So my dish is now called, Chicken Chow Pasta. Or Chicken Chow Italian Mein. Or Chicken Chow Ribbon. I think I’ll settle for Chicken Chow Italian Mein, sounds nicer.
- Put pasta to boil, cook until al dente (~80% cooked).
- Slice chicken breast to pieces, marinate with soy sauce and pepper.
- Wash and cut bok choy, tomato, garlic and chili to pieces.
- Heat pan with drizzle of olive oil. Fry chili and garlic first until fragrant.
- Add chicken and tomato in. Fry till chicken turn slightly golden brown.
- Add bok choy and cashew nuts in. Set to low heat and simmer for a few minutes.
- Add cooked pasta in, squeeze lemon juice in, stir everything together. Add soy sauce and pepper for seasoning.
- Serve and eat.
So, there you have it, Lazy Man’s Chicken Chow Italian Mein. With cashew nuts. Ta daaaa~
I think it tasted pretty good, but I doubt conservative old men, for example my dad, will enjoy it. He would balk at the unfamiliar sight of cashew nuts.