No-Pain Lo Mein

Meal makers: Add a few simple sides to this one-pot meal and double the fun and the food on the table! Prepare store-bought egg or spring rolls (preferred brand Pagoda Cafe) with dishes of duck sauce and sweet hot mustard for dipping. Chill pieces of sliced melons and pineapple spears for a simple dessert. Fortune cookies and green tea are readily available in the Asian food aisle at the market and will add to the total effect of a weeknight fun Chinese supper for your family.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan in a slow drizzle) vegetable or wok oil

1 cup (2 handfuls) snow peas, halved on a diagonal

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into matchstick-size pieces

1/2 pound assorted mushrooms (shiitake, straw, enoki, or oyster), coarsely chopped, if necessary

4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal

2 cups (about 4 handfuls) fresh bean sprouts

2 inches fresh ginger root, minced or grated with hand grater

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound lo mein noodles or thin spaghetti, cooked to al dente and drained well

1/2 cup aged tamari soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, several drops

Directions

  1. Heat a wok-shaped skillet or large non-stick skillet over high heat. When pan is very hot, add oil, (it will smoke a bit) then, immediately add the snow peas, pepper, mushrooms, scallions, and bean sprouts. Stir fry for 1 minute to flavor the oil, then add the ginger and garlic, and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the cooked noodles and toss with to combine. Add the soy sauce and toss the ingredients to coat noodles evenly with sauce. Transfer the lo mein to a serving platter and garnish with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.

Cook’s Note

Wok oil is infused with ginger and garlic and is widely available on the International Foods aisle of the market. Cooked shredded pork, chicken, or small de-veined shrimp may be added to this dish in any combination.

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