Homemade Chinese: Chicken Chow mein.
My family loves all things noodle. So when I’m inspired to make homemade Chinese, you can imagine how suddenly I’m the hit in the house.
With everyone making requests on what to go in our Chinese tonight. But the best request is my son’s. He’s not asking me to add any of his favourites, only one request: ‘no veggies mommy’. Ha ha ha, like mommy would even entertain such!
Making Chinese tonight actually took me back to my childhood. No, it’s not the typical story ‘ when I was a child and my mother made this’, blah blah blah. I’m Zulu and grew up in rural and township South Africa, so of course my mom didn’t know what Chinese was.
But rather, growing up I was teased about how my eyes look Chinese. I still think they don’t. My brother was named, ‘umJapan’ because of the shape of his eyes. There’s no Chinese, Japanese or any Asian lineage in my family. Just Africa!
Maybe my fondness for Asian cuisine was a built-in compensatory mechanism. ‘If you call me that, then I’ll be’, and proudly so.
In everyone’s defence though, when I travelled to Thailand after I’d had my son, every little Thai boy reminded me of him. Maybe I need to enquire further back into my genealogy.
Anyway back to dinner.
What do I need?
Chicken breasts, cut into strips
Sweet white wine
What to do?
Start by doing your prep. Cut your cauliflower and broccoli into little bouquets.
I’ll be cooking all my components separately tonight as it is my first time doing it. Just to be cautious.
Into the pan add a generous drizzle of olive oil. Add 1 tsp of chopped garlic, 1 tsp of chopped ginger, then the chicken and let this brown.
In a separate pan, sauté your veg for about 4 minutes and add a little bit of olive oil.
On another heat source, cook the noodles for 4 minutes in salted water.
When this is done, add them together, splash with some sweet white wine, 60 ml of soy sauce and black pepper.
When the noodles are cooked through, add the baby spinach( the less cooked the better), adjust your seasoning: more soy sauce and/or if you need the earthy saltiness, black pepper. If you need a lil’ more liquid, add more wine.
And we are done!
Serve in bowls, with chopped sticks.
Quick, easy, less mess.
Then observe how the dinner table is completely silent as everyone enjoys their dinner.
Silence, Peace. Maybe I should make this everyday! At dinner I’m usually torn between two boys that want to catch me up on their days, at the same time! This is good, I can actually tell them about my day without interruption for once😜