One of my favorite Chinese dishes is lo mein, which means mixed noodles. Noodles are a staple of Chinese cooking and are served at birthday dinners because they represent long life.
The dish has a smoky flavor produced by stir-frying in a very hot wok. Restaurants use special wok burners to achieve high heat, which is difficult to duplicate at home. I find that by mixing a little sesame oil in just before serving, you can capture some of this smoky flavor.
It takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients, but only 5 minutes to stir-fry. Fresh snow peas add texture to the dish.
Oyster sauce flavors this dish. I find it’s a tasty condiment and use it to flavor meat, vegetables and other stir-fry dishes.
You can use any type of quick cooking steak.
You can use dried Chinese noodles or angel hair pasta instead of fresh or steamed noodles.
You can use bottled stir-fry sauce instead of oyster sauce.
Find fresh bean sprouts in the produce section.
Beef Lo Mein
Yield 2 servings. Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer
¾ pound beef tenderloin
3 tablespoon oyster sauce
¼ pound fresh or steamed Chinese noodles
3 teaspoons sesame oil, divided use
1 cup sliced onion
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
¼ pound fresh snow peas, cut in half if large (about 1½ cups)
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
Salt and ground black pepper
Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil over high heat. Trim beef of visible fat and cut into ½-inch pieces. Add noodles to boiling water. As soon as the water comes back to a boil, drain.
Heat a wok or skillet over high heat. Add 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Add onion and stir-fry 1 minute. Add beef, garlic and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute. Add snow peas and bean sprouts. Toss another minute. Add the drained noodles. Move the ingredients to the sides of the wok making a hole in the middle. Add oyster sauce to the hole. Mix and continue stir-frying 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Toss well and serve.
Per serving: 601 calories (30% from fat), 20.1 g fat (6.4 g saturated, 7.6 g monounsaturated), 132 mg cholesterol, 48.4 g protein, 59.54 g carbohydrates, 5.7 g fiber, 869 mg sodium.