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Spicy Vegetable Chow Mein

This recipe for Spicy Vegetable Chow Mein has been reproduced courtesy of Real Food Direct.

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Ingredients for Spicy Vegetable Chow Mein

285gChinese Dried Egg Noodles
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
3 tbsp Peanut oil
I - 2 Red Hot Chilli Peppers finely sliced
2 Cloves Garlic crushed of finely chopped
2 tbsp Minced fresh Ginger
225g dried mushrooms (a mix of Chanterelle, Cep and especially oyster mushrooms)
225g onion chopped 1 celery stalk sliced thinly
1 large organic carrot peeled and sliced into thin batons.
115g fresh organic peas
225g bean sprouts

3 tbsp low salt soy sauce
2 tbsp Rice Wine
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
2 tsp Lime juice

How to make Spicy Vegetable Chow Mein

  • Soak chilli peppers for required time Cook noodles according to package directions, and rinse under cold water.
  • Drain thoroughly then toss with sesame oil.
  • Heat one tablespoon of the peanut oil in a wok or large sauté pan, just until smoking.
  • Add noodles, reduce heat, and brown one side until firm and slightly golden, about four minutes.
  • Turn over, heat another tablespoon of oil, and brown other side. Set aside.
  • Heat remaining tablespoon of peanut oil and sauté garlic and onions.
  • Add remaining vegetables and sauté on high heat until vegetables are almost cooked.
  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients.
  • Add sauce and sauté until vegetables are tender but still crunchy.
  • Serve over the noodles.

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