Vegetable Lo Mein: A simple weeknight meal

March 1, 2015

Elizabeth Obsesses
Vegetable Lo Mein

Lo Mein is a delicious Chinese dish, featuring sliced vegetables and soft noodles that are stir fried and married in a sauce, bringing everything together.  I love it because it's so versatile.  You can make it as an accompaniment to a main course, or it can even be the main course by simply adding some meat to the mix.  It's simple because you can use whatever you have on hand and it always seems to work.  Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients.  It literally takes 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of sizzle, before you'll be eating and wondering why you didn't try this sooner.

I'm always looking for food the whole family will enjoy that's easy to prepare on my busy work night evenings but tastes like I spent all day cooking.  This one came together in a flash, and everyone loved it.  Everyone!  I wasn't sure my sons would try it...not only did they try it, they loved it so much I had to stop them from eating it to make sure I had enough to photograph for the blog!  Truth be told, they were appalled at this last part, but it made for a great laugh at the table.

Vegetable Lo Mein

Ingredients for lo mein

1 1-lb box of wheat noodles
1 cup bok-choy, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, julienned
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 4 oz. can sliced water chestnuts
sliced scallions to garnish
5 teaspoons vegetable oil

Ingredients for lo mein sauce

1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
3 teaspoons soy sauce
3 teaspoons corn starch
pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions

1.  Make the lo mein sauce by stirring all ingredients together.  Set aside.

2.  Boil noodles.  When al dente, drain them and return them to the pot.  Toss with some vegetable oil
     to keep them from sticking to one another.  Set aside

3.  Heat some vegetable oil on high in a large pot or (preferably) a wok.

4.  Add onions, carrots, bok-choy, and water chestnuts and cook until the onions become soft.

5.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

6.  Add the noodles to the wok and toss to incorporate with the vegetables, adding a little more
     vegetable oil if they begin to stick.  Allow them them to cook for a few moments, no longer.

7.  Add the lo mein sauce, and continue to toss until it coats all the noodles and vegetables (2-3
     minutes).  It should begin to thicken almost immediately.

8.  Serve hot and enjoy!  Don't forget to sprinkle with the sliced scallions at the table.  They're
     delicious!

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

We can easily make this tonight! Great recipe Elizabeth! -Tiffany

Elizabeth Kane said...

That's great Tiffany! Let me know what veggies you choose to use in yours so I can get some more ideas, ok?
-ElizabethObsesses

Jon said...

I would have some any time of day.

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