Guyanese Style Chow Mein

Guyanese Style Chow Mein

Guyanese Style Chow Mein

In one of my culinary arts class I teach, I have 5 students from the island of Guyana.  I always get super excited when my kids share their food memories, dishes they grew up eating with their endless variations of caribbean classics.  My student Aaliyah asked me, “Chef Shelly have you ever had Chow Mein?”.  I immediately said yes and then paused and asked her how she made hers – it was the opposite of what I expected.   In Guyana, the Asian influenced dish “chow mein” is made with noodles in comparison to its Chinese take out counterpart. 

Guyanese Chow Mein
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz Chowmein noodles or flour noodles
  2. 3 tbsp Soy Sauce + 1 tbsp
  3. 1 tbsp Sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
  5. 1/2 tsp Thyme, ground or fresh
  6. 1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic
  7. 2 dashes Hot Sauce
  8. 2 tsp sesame oil
  9. 1 tbsp canola oil
  10. 1 1/2 tbsp Ginger, minced
  11. 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  12. 1/2 cup Green Beans, cut
  13. 1/4 cup Onion, sliced
  14. 1 cup Broccoli, cut
  15. 1 cup Carrots, julienne
  16. 1 scallion, finely chopped (some reserved for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to directions on the package.
  2. Drain and return to pot.
  3. Combine soy sauce, hot sauce, sugar, thyme, granulated garlic and five spice to noodles. Add to noodles. Mix until evenly distributed. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet or wok, heat sesame and canola oil.
  5. Add ginger, onion and scallion, cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add carrots, green beans and broccoli; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Combine 1/4 water and 1 tbsp soy in small bowl. Add to veggies in skillet. Cover with tight lid and steam until broccoli is bright green.
  8. Add noodles to skillet and mix well, cook for an additional minute.
  9. Remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped scallion.
Notes
  1. This dish can be made with a varieties of proteins, just season meat by doubling the same sauce you used on the noodles - bam! you have a marinade.
Chef Shelly http://shellyflash.com/

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