Happy Meatless Monday all you Cowlings.
Dim Sum literally means “touching the heart.” It is traditionally served on weekends and usually involves lots of friends and family. The whole meal consists of lots of small bites of food typically served in portions of three or four for each dish and the meal process itself can last for hours. During the Dim Sum meal, the idea is to socialize, eat, chat, rest, chat and eat some more. Repeat these steps till you’ve had your fill.
Dim Sum originates from Hong Kong where there are at least 600 varieties of Dim Sum to choose from. Yikes – it’s like Asian Tapas on steroids. A lot of Dim Sum dishes are meat heavy and involves liberal amounts of MSG. This recipe traditionally calls for Oyster Sauce and MSG
Here is a version, sans the Oyster sauce but is still tasty and won’t leave you with a spinning headache doomed for the couch (thanks to the MSG).
Dim Sum Soy Sauce Chow Mein Noodles
One 6 oz. package Chow Mein noodles (see picture below)
2 teaspoons grapeseed oil or any other high heat oil (such as sunflower or peanut oil)
1 yellow onion, cut in half and then sliced (see picture below)
3 green onions, thinly sliced (use the white and green part of the onion)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Cook noodles per the direction on the package. Drain, rinse and set in a colander to dry.
While the noodles are cooking, make the sauce by mixing al of the sauce ingredients into a small bowl and mixing to combine. Set aside.
Place oil in a large nonstick skillet and saute yellow onions for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the edges get browned.
Add the green onions and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Add in the cooked and drained noodles and the sauce, gently stir and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
The noodles boil for about 5 minutes. This will allow them to get done all the way but still have enough texture to hold together while stir frying.
When you stir fry the noodles / onions you can use two chopsticks to ensure that the noodles hold together.
- You can find Chow Mein noodles at most regular chain grocery stores in the Asian section.
Molly Patrick has worked in the vegan food realm since 2003. She has done everything from opening vegan restaurants from the ground up to writing vegan cookbooks. She is currently wrapping her up her second cookbook, due out summer 2013. Read her blog or sign up for her free emails. Follow her on twitter Facebook