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Week 16 – The Cookbook Challenge: Chow Mein

“Week 16 Theme: Noodles Cookbook Used: 1000 Best Ever Recipes from AWW Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly   I love noodles. I thought I’d be more inspired to make noodles this week; but after flicking through about 8 cookbooks, I was struggling to find something I really wanted to make.   I hoped the answer...”

Week 16 – The Cookbook Challenge: Chow Mein

Week 16 – The Cookbook Challenge: Chow Mein

Week 16
Theme: Noodles
Cookbook Used: 1000 Best Ever Recipes from AWW
Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly

 
I love noodles. I thought I’d be more inspired to make noodles this week; but after flicking through about 8 cookbooks, I was struggling to find something I really wanted to make.
 
I hoped the answer was in the AWW 1000 recipes book; and it was!
Even though the recipe seemed rather westernized, it sounded fairly easy and quick for an after work meal.
I used Asian mushrooms as the recipe didn’t state what kind of mushrooms to use. I also left out the celery as it turns out we didn’t have any in the fridge. I’m glad though, I don’t think it would have been as nice if I included it.
Mum and I were a little hesitant about the recipe with curry powder, and frozen peas, etc, but we were both pleasantly surprised. It was a tasty dish with simple flavours. I would definitely make it again!
Chow Mein
The Australian Women’s WeeklyGet your hands on:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
500g lean beef mince
1 medium brown onion (150g), chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 large carrot (180g), chopped finely
2 trimmed celery stalks (200g), sliced thinly
150g mushrooms, sliced thinly
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
1/3 cup (80ml) oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
450g fresh thin egg noodles
1/2 cup (60g) frozen peas
1/2 cup (55g) frozen sliced green beans
1/2 small wombok (400g), shredded coarsely


1. Heat oil in wok; stir-fry mince, onion and garlic until mince is changed in colour. Add curry powder; stir-fry until fragrant. Add carrot, celery and mushrooms; stir-fry until vegetables soften.


2. Add stock, sauces and noodles, stir-fry gently until combined; bring to the boil. Add peas, beans and wombok, reduce head; simmer, uncovered, tossing occasionally for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are just soft.


Serves 4.

 

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Week 16 – The Cookbook Challenge: Chow Mein


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16 comments on “Week 16 – The Cookbook Challenge: Chow Mein
  1. Jo - SecondHelping - March 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Chow mein has to be up there with bolognese as one of my favourite comfort foods.

    Just wondering if cattor (in Step 1) is just a fancy name for carrot? :)

  2. penny aka jeroxie - March 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    We have our residence version chow mien. Quick, easy and delicious.

  3. Conor @ HoldtheBeef - March 7, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Ahh AWW. They may westernise dishes too much, but you can normally rely on them to come up with a decent end product 😉

    Looks like a great midweek meal!

  4. Hannah - March 7, 2010 at 4:12 am

    It's funny you mention about balking a little at the recipe's use of curry powder – just the other day I was thinking about how the only recipe I've ever used curry powder in is kedgeree, which led me to think i should probably clean out the spice cabinet once I get home! 😀

    Your chow mein looks authentically yellow, definitely have to give it that! :)

  5. Cherrie Pie - March 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I love a quick tasty noodle dish for a quick mid week meal. well done on yours.

  6. Jeanne - March 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    What a awesome 'Chow mein ' recipe Shellie, Lovely pics, and taste tempting, I have a 'Chow mein ' feeling coming on?……Yom. :)
    Hugs.x :-)

  7. Agnes - March 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I often add curry powder when I'm stir frying noodles. It's yum! Never peas though, but that's my pea hatred coming through.

  8. Jo - March 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Love noodles and this look like a delicious meal. The curry powder gives it a little zing as well!

  9. imasugarjunkie - March 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I love chow mein – although I havent made it in years. I like curry powder in things – add it to burger mixture for a bit of spice!

  10. Ellie - March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Chow Mein is such a wonderful comfort food. I like!

  11. Iron Chef Shellie - March 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Hi Jo – AH yes! Bolognese ….mmmmm =) thanks.. yes it's carrot I better fix that 😛

    Hi Penny – ooooo, i'll be around soon then 😛

    Hi Conor – it's so true. They always have a good recipe! I'm trying another tonight in fact!

    Hi Hannah – HAHA! Thanks =)

    Hi Cherry Pie – Me too, thank you =)

    Hi Jeanne – Thanks darling! haha too funny!

    Hi Agnes – I might have to do that too! What did peas ever do to you? 😛

    Hi Jo – I love noodles too. I will be using curry powder a little more I think!

    Hi I'm A Sugar Junkie – Oh that's a good idea! thanks!

    Hi Ellie – I have just discovered it and yes! I agree!

  12. muffinsareuglycupcakes - March 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

    yummy. love noodles too!
    its probably the kind of food thats hard to get sick of.

  13. Fimère - March 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    cette assiette est parfumée, colorée et doit être très savoureuse
    bonne soirée

  14. Katie - March 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I just made this for dinner, Shel. Was really tasty.

    x

  15. Rilsta - March 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Noodles always have a long list of ingredients to make it look scary, but it is actually easy to make. Your noodles sound delish!

  16. Iron Chef Shellie - March 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Muffins Are Ugly Cupcakes – Ohhhh soooo true!

    Hi Fimere – merci

    Hi Katie – Ah awesome! I'm glad it turned out well :)

    Hi Rilsta – So true. Thanks!


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