Food Fight: Chicken Chow Mian

 

Introducing one of my lazy day recipes, Chicken Chow Mian!


Fun Fact: I’m not much of a noodles fan, but I’ve a weird thing for flat noodles (linguine, flat egg noodles, etc.) – somehow flat noodles are just more palatable to me. 

Weather was really muggy this weekend, and nobody wants to be getting all sweaty and stinky in the kitchen..

I’ve not managed to find a similar dish outside in SG, so if anyone knows where, feel free to comment cos I’d love to go out and try that.

This is a different post, cos I ain’t got no comparison, was just on a HUGE budget!


So, here’s my take on Chicken Chow Mian.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken meat, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 tablespoon Shao Xing Wine
  • Dash of Soy Sauce
  • 2 packs of egg noodles
  • 5 shrimps, shelled and deveined (I left this out)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage (I left this out)
  • 1/4 cub shredded carrot (I left this out)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 eggs, beaten (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper (I added this for some spicy kick)
  • 2 stalks scallion, white-part only, cut into 1″ lengths (I left this out)

Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon water

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Steps:

  • Dice up your chicken meat and marinate the chicken chunks with the Shao Xing Wine, soy sauce and salt, and set aside for 15 minutes
  • Soak the steamed egg noodles in cold water about 5mins
  • Rinse a few times until the water turns clear and the egg noodles are soft
  • Drain the excess water and set aside – don’t over soak, or the noodles will lumpy and soggy
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix all the seasoning ingredients, and set aside
  • Heat up wok with cooking oil
  • Add in the chopped garlic and stir fry until light brown or aromatic
  • Add the chicken and shrimp and stir fry until they’re half done
  • Add the shredded cabbage and carrots into the wok and stir briefly
  • Add the noodles, seasoning mixture and the water
  • Pour in the eggs and stir, scrambling them well with the noodle mix (optional)
  • Add some black pepper
  • Continue to stir until the noodles mixture is well blended with the seasonings and completely cooked through
  • Add scallions and stir
  • Dish out and TA-DAH!!

Verdict:

Meal prep: 5mins. Cooking time: 15mins.

Didn’t have a wok, so it was slightly messy trying to “cha” it with just a pan. But hey, messy always means the food turns out more yummy!

One thing bout me, the lesser the no. of prep bowls/plates used, the better. I scrimp on that, cos ain’t nobody loves washing up! Managed to keep this to just 3, so a HUGE win, and would definitely be one of my go-to dishes!


Below would be for a 2pax meal, drinks included – since it’s the weekends!

Homemade Meal (SGD34):

  • Chicken fillets: SGD9 for 24 strips (there’s usually promotions at Cold Storage on Saturdays for chicken fillets, 2 packs for SGD9 – 12 decently sized strips per pack, so this could also be a meal prep recipe)
  • Carton of Corona: SGD25 (pack of 6)

Cost Savings: Not only managed to stay within budget, but with 16bucks (with my SGD50 budget) to spare! Portion was large enough to even keep for lunch the next day, so another meal’s cost was taken care of.


Have fun making a mess!

Try it out, and let me know what you think 🙂

 

 

xx

Samantha

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