It will leave you wanting for a second plate!
My ultimate gourmet chicken chow mein – ”Mine frites Poulet” as being called here in Mauritius is probably the most favoured dish around the island. It is sure to be the first mentioned on everyone’s lips anytime you would ask for a recommendation of the most traditional Mauritian food.The traditional fried egg noodles (similar to spaghetti) are very common in most Chinese restaurants and a popular option for lunch amongst us, locals! The noodles are made fresh, by hand and cooked with chicken / beef / pork / seafood in soy sauce, sweet sauce and garlic sauce as well. According to the Chinese, noodles are a sign of long life, and is often served as the first dish in birthday dinners. Still there is no specific time really to have a good plate of these in Mauritius. Every local really enjoys it and love to make them at home to celebrate a good day or anytime the need for comfort food strikes up.
There are different ways to make a Chow Mein.Therefore it can be adapted to your likings in various ways.Basically it is a stir fry of different vegetables and meats. It requires quite a few of ingredients and only the preps are a little time consuming.But at the end you can be certain to have your taste buds tantalised with different flavours.
Preparation time : 40 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
- 400 grams Chinese egg noodles
- 4 chicken breasts
- 250 grams prawns (Optional)
- 2 carrots, cut into juliennes
- Half a cabbage (Shredded)
- 2 cups of bean sprouts (Optional)
- 1 cup of Mushroom finely sliced
- 1 cup of Sweet Corn kernel
- 2 Pak Choi
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of Fish sauce
- 2 tablespoon of Dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon of Oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sesame sauce (Optional)
- 4 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 5 cloves of garlic roughly chopped or grind to a paste
- 2 cups of finely cut chives
- 2 cups of finely cut spring onions (Optional)
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- First of all, start off with your vegetables.
- Thinly sliced your carrots,cabbage and mushrooms.
- Diced your chicken breasts or thighs and marinate with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Set aside all your preps for later use.
- Next heat your non stick pan with some vegetable oil and add your chicken when medium hot.
- Fry until golden brown and set aside until cooled down.
- Diced your chicken into small pieces so that it gets easy to mix into the noodles.
- After having diced your chicken,continue by frying your vegetables.
- I like to slightly fry my mushrooms as well as it develops a better taste in the noodles.
- Next proceed with your cabbage and carrots by slightly frying them.
- Meanwhile lightly seasoned your noodles with the sauces mentioned above.
- Mix until all is well incorporated.
- Next start by untangling part of them so that they become easy to cook with the vegetables in the pan.
- When your vegetables are slightly fried,add the noodles as well as mushroom and sweet corns.
- Combine everything thoroughly.
- When everything is well mixed, add your pak choi before turning the gas off.
- Mix again until all come together.(As shown below)
- Finally add your diced chicken on top and reserve.
- In a separate bowl, whisk 3 eggs and beat consistently until an omelet mixture is obtained.
- Fry your eggs in a non stick pan and slice into long strips before serving over the noodles.
- Garnish with some chives before serving with a green chilli-lime paste.
How can you not eat 2 plates of it now? Especially with that amazing chilli paste.Oh yes I am a great fan of everything spicy with a great kick of chillies.I love my chutneys and chilli paste. Sundays are undoubtedly special and should be celebrated with great comfort foods.Because a Sunday well spent brings a week of content and there is nothing more satisfying than a plate of comfort food to bring a week of content.
Are you a great lover of noodles too? How do you like your Chow Mein and how often do you love making them at home.I would love to be part of your traditions at home and how you normally spend your Sundays.I spend all my Sundays with my sisters by making tasty food of their choice. They impatiently wait for Sundays sometimes because they know Sundays mean good food.Chow Mein is our most favourite local food and we can have it everyday!
See you tomorrow for Meat Free Mondays specials!