Thursday, August 5, 2010

Vegetarian Chow Mein

     I am still working at settling in this new place.  Actually I am all set with regards to setting up the apartment, the kitchen being functional etc. and yet there is something missing.  You will not believe when I say I miss the noisier complex I lived in Tennessee.  Every other hour you could hear the fire engine roaring past since we lived next door to the fire station.  Yeah, it was a nuisance at times but in some strange way I miss them too.  Can you see what I mean?  My new apartment complex is so quiet it borders eerie.  I know its just that its taking time to gel in here but this morning trying to photograph the food I was going crazy.  I am just not understanding why the room is bright and yet I am not getting the light to fall on the food like I want it to.  It will all come in time and I will adjust but moving doesn't seem to be my cup of cake.
Noodles
 
  Yesterday I made some chow mein. It's simple and yet quite tasty.  You can do a whole lot of variations with different sauces but today's recipe is the simplest with the least number of ingredients. I hope you will enjoy it.
Noodles

Ingredients:
Noodles - 1 pack (200 gms)
Beans - 30 nos
Cabbage - 1/8th of a regular size cabbage
Carrots - 1
Capsicum - 1/2 of a big one
Celery - 1 stalk
Spring onions - 2
Garlic - 1 tbspn heaped, finely chopped
ginger - 1/2 tspn finely chopped
Soya Bean Sauce - 2 Tbspn
Black Pepper - to taste
Green chilies - if you need it spicy hot
Oil - 2 Tbspn
Method:

1.Cook noodles as per instructions on the cover
2. Heat oil in a pan and add the vegetables starting with the beans
3. Add each vegetable according to the time it takes for it to cook and I like my beans a little well done so they go in first.
4. Once the beans is getting cooked add the garlic and ginger saute and follow up with cabbage, carrots and celery and finally capsicum.  Make sure to cook each vegetable a little, like a couple of stirrings before you add the next
5. Once all vegetables are cooked where I leave the capsicum add soya bean sauce.
6. I have been finding the strength of soya bean sauce to be different for each brand and hence depending on the brand and how thick or thin it is add some, mix and check for taste
7. Add the cooked noodles and if needed add more soya bean sauce
8. Chop the spring onions and top it and when serving you can scramble eggs and top each plate or simply mix it in.

Notes:
1. I add salt and oil in plenty of water to cook the noodles and run it under cold water once cooked and splash some oil to keep the noodle moist

Contributor: Sunitha

48 comments:

  1. I think u gonna make drool everyone with this chowmein and awesome picture dear.. looks good and tempting.

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  2. Hi Sunitha, love those chow meins.......it's so right that how some time u start to miss the things which u didn't like/prefer earlier even if it's noises....my hubby use to keep the t.v on for background noises when we first moved to States....lol...

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  3. Chowmein looks delicious Sunitha. Nice click as always.

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  4. Chowmein looks perfect and love the decor....

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  5. what a cute presentation..lovely!

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  6. lovely presentaion...looks yummy yum..do participate in my ongoing event once u set.last date 30sept 2010

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  7. wow, that is such a great presentation. Love the idea of putting it in capsicum :)

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  8. all time favourite of both grown ups and children...all ur ingredients make it a more delicious.:)

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  9. Beautiful clicks dear, the chowmein looks really glamorous because of that :-)

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  10. Looks perfect and delicious Sunitha..beautiful presentation.

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  11. Awesome presentation, loveeee chawmein :))

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  12. Wow what a chowmein. Love the pics too.

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  13. Sure looks good and the presentation is lovely!

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  14. chowmein really amazing,wat a picture...iam drolling over the pictures,too gud.

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  15. Awesome click and yummy chow mein

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  16. i understand that settling in a new place can be cumbersome...been there done that!!!

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  17. You just went and made one of my favorite things! Love the presentation by the way!

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  18. lovely presentation! You got a perfect click anyway!

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  19. Haha I just read the history of chow mien outside of China :) Lovely photos as usual!

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  20. this looks very cute and nice click da...

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  21. Wow dear, Loooooooooooooooove the presentation. I am simply drooling over those chow mein...nice click ....

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  22. Delicious noodles and lovely presentation!

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  23. Chowmein looks delicious and lovely presentation too....

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  24. What a beautiful way to serve chow mein in the pepper. I think I need 4 of that :D Thanks very much for sharing.

    MaryMoh
    http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  25. Chowmein looks wonderful and tasty.Beautiful click as always.I hope you settle into your apartment soon.

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  26. lovely presentation, love anything with noodles..looks yumm

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  27. I am so drooling... awesome click!!

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  28. I have loads of memories with this...:D
    Nice click hope u get settled soon in ur new place :)

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  29. I am a big fan of chowmein...luvly presentation.

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  30. Oh, don't I know what you mean! I've lived in one city, in one state my ENTIRE 29 YEARS and just last week moved to another state 10 hours away and I am freaking out! I cried for two days strait, calling my mom non-stop threatening to leave and go back home! I still threaten that when my daughter finishes 6th grade I'm going back home! It's so hard, I even enjoy this new place but It's not home :( I don't know how people move internationally. I hope you start to feel like you're home soon... good food always does that :)

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  31. I can feel how tough it is to settle down from another place to the other,as i often have to do the same...
    the presentation along with snap is just awesome...

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  32. What a creative and delicious looking dish. I think your picture came out beautiful. Moving is tough. When I first moved to my home, I also felt like you..way too quiet. I am so used it now, though, and really love it. You will too:)

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  33. We had the same feeling when we moved out of NYC. Suddenly the home felt so quiet and yes we have lots of light coming in unlike the dark NY apt. Chow mein makes me drool and I love how you presented it in the capsicum cup.

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  34. I hope you settle down well in your place and get your kitchen working for you.I liked your clicks of the chow mein.

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  35. Nice presentation!!! Looks soo inviting and delicious.

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  37. Chowmein looks really yummy!! Nice clicks..Hope you get settled soon!

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  38. Wonderful chowmein. I like it.

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  39. I love chowmein..ur version looks gr8.as usual awesome photography..

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  40. sunitha ya thats true settling to a new place takes some time..for some days we always compare with and remember the old place.
    anyway really delicious chow mein..
    btw where r u in OH

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  41. Perfect cup and a perfect click
    http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

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  42. Congrats on the DMBLGIT win! I must have missed this post, what an awesome pic!

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