Chicken chow mein is probably the most popular Chinese stir-fried noodles in the world. It’s another all-time family favourite and not without good reason. Not only a simple dish to make, but well-rounded, jam-packed with lots of crunchy veggies. It’s also extremely versatile. You can use any veggies or protein you like. A quick, healthy and flavour-packed recipe. It’s a dish that holds a special place as one of the first meals I cooked. This was way back when I was still a young student at university. I used spaghetti instead of noodles and my sauce had only one ingredient, soy sauce. Thankfully, it’s improved since then! When I’m short on time, I know that I can always rely on this really easy-to-prepare dish that always packs a punch of flavour. It’s a basic recipe that any of you can put together in just a few minutes.
Key to the success of this dish is a very hot wok. Your ingredients should be sizzling when tossed in. Another key to success is preparation. A great stir-fry is all about timing. You need to ensure that all the chopping, slicing and mixing is done by the time you get to the wok. The stir-frying process is fast, furious and seriously hot. So you need all your focus on your wok and you need to add ingredients quickly. One more contributing factor to a good chow mein is a really good sauce. Mix and match your veggies according to availability and personal taste. Experiment and make the recipe your own. You might never want to order a take-away again!