If there’s one food I’m pretty sure I could eat every single day forever, it would be Chinese food. There is so much variety; you can have pork, chicken, steak, shrimp, tofu. Almost every vegetable tastes better fried in a wok with soy sauce on it. And seriously, rice is amazing. Put anything on top of it and it’s better than it was alone. Or you can have noodles instead. Or both!
Speaking of noodles, Chinese lo mein is always so delicious, do you ever wonder why? (Besides the week’s worth of salt and addictive MSG) I think it’s the slurping you get to do, one noodle at a time or swirl a big batch around a fork and shove it all in. But it is so easy to make at home! You don’t have to buy special noodles either, plain spaghetti will do in a pinch.
This recipe uses diced pork, and is very flexible. You can use ground meat instead, or use a different type. You can also sub in tofu for the vegetarian crowd. And for the vegetables, I used zucchini, onion, and green bell pepper, but you can add whatever you happen to like and have at home. Try edamame, carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, or more exotic things like baby corn, sprouts, or bamboo.
- 1 cup diced pork meat
- 1 1/2 cup chopped veggies of choice
- 1 pound noodles
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2-3 tbsp fish sauce (if you have it)
- 2-3 tbsp lemon or lime juice, or rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch if you want a thicker sauce
- Optional to serve: hot pepper, sriracha, lime wedges, diced fresh herbs, crushed peanuts or cashews
Step 1: In a hot frying pan, melt the butter or olive oil and cook the pork until browned on all sides. In a separate pan, boil the noodles per directions on package, and drain.
Step 2: Remove the pork to a plate and add the vegetables. Stir fry on medium high heat until cooked throughout and beginning to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
Step 3: Add the soy sauce, fish sauce if using, lemon or lime, and any other spices you want (Sriracha lovers?). Mix well to coat the veggies, add the pork back to the pan. Add the cornstarch and mix well if you want a thicker sauce.
Step 4: Serve over the noodles with your desired toppings!