Thursday, November 12, 2009



 There were days, when I and my husband were coming home so late from work and school that the only open food place was our neighbor chinese take-out place. We used to eat Lo-mein everyday. It was sick, I know. Those days are in a history now, but sometimes I carve for the shrimp Lo-mein at home. Through the years I created this basic recipe which will help you to create Lo-Mein of your choice-Chicken or Shrimp at home.



1 -Package of spaghetti, fettuccine or fresh Lo-mein noodles.(whatever is available)
2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken boneless thighs or 1-2 lbs shrimp.
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 inch of fresh finely chopped ginger
3-4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup chicken broth ( I make mine sometimes from Broth cubes)
1 tbsp of starch
1 tbsp of rice vinegar

IMPROVISATION:  (Put anything you have in your refrigerator)

1 red bell pepper
2 cups of chopped bok-choy  or 1 cup of chopped cabbage
8 oz. shiitake mushrooms 
1 cup of shredded carrots (sticks)
1 zucchini
green scallions
sesame seeds
1 yellow onion
12 oz. snow peas or french green beans
1 cup of broccoli


Prepare the noodles or spaghetti as instructed on the package. Chop, cut all the ingredients. It's very important to prepare everything you will cook before the cooking process, because the chinese cooking process goes very fast.

Heat the wok or big frying pan. Fry the chicken or shrimps with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Put the cooked meat or shrimps in a plate. Reheat the wok and add the sesame oil, fry onions, carrots, broccoli, mushroom, bell pepper, garlic and ginger at last.

Mix the chicken broth with soy sauce and starch. Add the broth into wok and mix it for 2-3 minutes.

Add chicken (shrimp), bok-choy and scallions. Mix it very well and add rice vinegar, red pepper for heat (optional), sesame seeds and spaghetti (noodles). Mix the Lo-Mein and serve right away.

Trust your inner chef and improvise!

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