I always wanted to post a stir fry recipe! But there were always problems when I tested various recipes.
First: I don’t have a wok, so I have to be able to use a pan.
Second: I don’t have cooking oil suitable for high temperature frying (eg. peanut oil). Without such an oil it’s actually quite unhealthy to prepare a stir fry (1).
Third: I don’t have ingredients like Shaoxing wine, five spice powder, and sesame oil for this extra Chinese-y flavor.
If this sounds familiar, then let me present you with this simple Chinese inspired Delicious Fake Lo Mein that tastes just as awesome! If you can’t relate to this, then you might as well just make your own fancy pants wok recipe right now. See you later. Just kidding. No, not really. Or am I?
Back to the recipe: the balancing act is clearly the sauce.
On the one hand you can drown your pasta in soy sauce. Sure, you’ll then have lots of flavour, but your salt intake flies through the roof (a common problem with takeaway stir fries). But on the other hand, if you’re too tight with the soy sauce then the dish ends up being bland.
With this in mind I think the sauce mixture for our Lo Mein is just great! Try it for yourself and see what you think. This Lo Mein only takes 20 minutes anyway.
Health Benefits – Lo Mein
As already mentioned, don’t go too overboard with the soy sauce. This Lo Mein adds about 45% of sodium to your daily recommended intake, if you choose a low sodium soy sauce and about 70% if you choose a regular soy sauce.
I suggest making this your only salty dish for the day to keep your blood pressure in check, ok? (4)
Delicious Fake Lo Mein
Delicious Fake Lo Mein. You’ll find all ingredients in a regular supermarket. Just as delicious as the original and ready in only 20 minutes.
- 7 oz your favourite pasta (7oz = 200g; wholegrain would be best)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 handful mushrooms (1 handful = 1 cup, sliced)
- ½ red bell pepper
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 3 tbsp white wine
- 1 handful peas
- 1 handful leafy greens like spinach
- 3-4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp maple syrup (or honey, if that's ok for you)
- 1 thumb ginger (ginger powder is fine too)
- 2 tsp Sriracha (or similar hot sauce)
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Get a large pan or wok, and heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper and carrot. Stir frequently until tender (3-4 minutes).
Then hit it with the white wine. Afterwards add the peas and leafy greens. Let it simmer and take care of the sauce.
Get a bowl, add soy sauce and maple syrup, minced ginger and sriracha. Whisk together and set aside.
- When ready, stir it in the pasta and soy sauce mixture. Toss to combine.
- Taste test and see, if it needs more soy sauce!
- Ready to serve, enjoy!
Adapted from The Woks of Life