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Chicken Chow Mein
SERVES: 4 PREP: 15min COOK: 10minPRINT CONVERSIONS

I’m going retro this week (wait until you see the sweet post on Thursday!). This westernised Chinese classic was a dinner staple for many families in the 70′s and 80′s. It’s a great family meal, tasty, packed with vegetables and quick to make too. Most old school chow mein recipes contain a packet of chicken noodle soup or an artificial enhancer of some sort. Karen Martini inspired me with a fresher version, which tastes so much better than any other I can remember.

I can think of many retro recipes such as apricot chicken, filled vol au vents and beef wellington. Many of which are full of processed ingredients. Tell me your favourite retro dish and I’ll do my best to come up with a fresher, modern version.

You'll Need
  • 3 tbs rice bran oil or olive oil
  • 500g chicken mince
  • 1 heaped tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 brown onion, halved and sliced into thin rings
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh ginger, peeled & grated
  • 1/4 savoy cabbage, very finely shredded
  • 1.5 tbs oyster sauce (Panda brand)
  • 100ml light soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 100g vermicelli noodles, soaked in boiling water for 2 minutes
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped (optional)
Method

Heat oil in a large wok or fry-pan and saute chicken mince on a medium heat until golden (about 5 minutes), breaking up clusters as you go.
Add the five spice and stir. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and stir to mix. Add the cabbage and add 1/2 cup hot water. Stir through the oyster sauce and soy sauce. Add peas and drained noodles and stir again and serve topped with spring onions and green chillies.

4 Responses to Chicken Chow Mein

  1. Andi says:

    Looks delish.
    I need to boost my iron levels at the moment. Would it be just as good with beef mince?

  2. jody says:

    I am going to have to try this, sounds much better than the original version!
    My mum used to always make curried sausages and porcupine meatballs, not necessarily my favorites but definitely scream retro to me! x

  3. Mish Delish says:

    Andi – yes, it's normally made with beef anyway, you could also use lamb.

    Jody – porcupine meatballs, now that takes me back! Curried sausages remind me of boarding school, I don't think they are worthy of reviving. What say you?

  4. jody says:

    Definitely not worth it! happily forgotten. Cant wait to see what else you revive!

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