I live with 3 people who do not like Chinese food. (A travesty, isn't it?) The way I look at it, there are two ways for me to handle my situation:
A. Appreciate the fact that I get all of the Chinese food to myself and I don't have to worry about my family stealing my leftovers for lunch.
B. Try and convert my non Chinese-food eating family into Chinese food lovers.
I have tried enjoying the fact that I am the sole Chinese food lover of the family but to be quite honest - I am eating way too much Chinese food because I have no one to share it with.
So what is a girl to do? Is it even possible to convert someone into a Chinese food lover? If any recipe could create a chow mien lover out of a chow mien hater, it would be a Cook's Illustrated recipe. It was really my best chance of getting someone in my family to share my love of Chinese food.
Chicken Chow Mien
6 ounce package fresh chow mien noodles
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tablespoons dry sherry
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
3 Tablespoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
6 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin
1 carrot, shredded
2 celery ribs, sliced thin
4 scallions, sliced thin
3 garlic cloves
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 ounces bean sprouts
Add mushrooms and carrots and cook 2 minutes.
Add celery and cook 1 minute longer.
Add bean sprouts and noodles.
Pour into a serving bowl and enjoy.
Chop sticks optional.
Everyone ate the chicken chow mien and I was totally surprised. The kids picked out the chicken and the noodles (that was to be expected) but Ben and I ate all of it. It was delicious! Ben even asked if he could take the leftovers to work for lunch!
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