Chowmein can often be found in the frozen food sections of supermarkets, but this type may not be very fresh. A popular dish from China, chowmein is a thin noodle soup that includes vegetables and meat or seafood.
It can be eaten with soy sauce or other dipping sauces like vinegar or sesame oil. Chow Mein is a popular dish in many parts of the world. In Thailand, it is known as phat is-io, and in Japan, it is called chāshūmen.
It takes some skill to cook chowmein because many things can go wrong with the noodles while cooking. Chowmein is usually served with a sauce, but it can be eaten without soy sauce or other sauces if you prefer.
What is Chowmein fast food?
Chowmein fast food is noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables. They usually have pork, chicken, beef and seafood options as well. Some people go for chow mein because it’s cheap and filling, while others prefer to get it from the hawkers like Hokkien Mee, which tastes much better, in my opinion.
But if you’re in the mood for something more modern and less oily, going to food courts that sell chow mein will do just fine. It may be fast food, but it’s not always cheap! Be careful when you’re ordering too much chow mein. The portions are usually way bigger than what most Singaporeans expect and end up not finishing the food.
Chow Mein is also known for its use of MSG or monosodium glutamate, which can cause a kick in your taste buds as well as nausea and sweating after eating large amounts of chow mein since it contains high levels of sodium.
The Best 10 Health benefits of Chowmein fast food:
1. It’s a great source of protein! Chances are, you’re eating mostly vegetables or noodles when devouring a plate of chow mein so that the high protein content will give you an energy boost throughout your day.
2. Vegetables! You may be surprised to hear this, but chow mein is also packed with enough vegetables for you to feel full and nourished, especially if you order an extra serving of meat or prawns.
4. It’s healthier than most fast-food options! While there are still many unhealthy ingredients in chow mein, it can be quite healthy if you order smartly. Just remember to avoid the fatty meats or anything with MSG listed on the packaging, and you’re good to go.
5. There are so many different types of chow mein! You can mix it up by adding chicken, beef or seafood to your noodles. You can also add mushrooms and green vegetables for an extra burst of nutrients or egg if you want some protein.
6. It’s tasty! Especially those with garlic, vinegar and chilli oil as they add an extra kick to your chow mein.
7. It’s cheap! It may not be the cheapest fast food in Singapore, but if you compare it to some other hawker centres or fast food restaurants, chow mein is one of the most affordable options.
8. It’s a great source of carbohydrates for energy! When you’re feeling tired, chow mein will give you that kick in the butt to keep going.
9. You can even make your chow mein at home! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients or sauces because you’ll never know what could go well together.
What types of Chow Mein are there?
There are several common types of chow mein that you’ll find in Singapore, but the most popular would have to be beef, pork and chicken. You can also order seafood chow mein if you want a more filling meal or kway teow instead if you prefer your noodles thicker.
Some hawker centres also serve chow mein, stir-fried with onions and cabbage, or sometimes even mushrooms. I prefer my chow mein with garlic, vinegar and chilli oil, but you can order yours however you like it. Chicken Broccoli Zucchini Mushroom Beef Mushroom Pork Fish Pork Chicken Garlic Squid Kway Teow Seafood Special Fried Rice.
How to make Chow Mein Recipe?
Ingredients: 15 oz rice sticks noodles or chow mein noodles 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast halves one can (8 oz) sliced bamboo shoots 1 cup sliced celery ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion or scallion. With tops ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp soy sauce one egg, slightly beaten ⅓ cup cornstarch and water mixture for coating chicken. Directions: To make the coating for the chicken, combine 2/3 cup cornstarch with enough water to make a batter.
Mix the chicken pieces in the coating and refrigerate for 30 minutes—heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add chicken to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove chicken from pan with slotted spoon; drain on the paper towel—Cook noodles in boiling water until tender.
Rinse under cold running water; drain well. In a bowl, combine the chicken, bamboo shoots, celery and onion with the noodles. Mix the cornstarch with enough water to make a thin paste; stir into noodle mixture along with soy sauce and salt. Place noodle mixture in a greased 13 x 9 pan. Pat egg-cornstarch mixture on top of noodle mixture and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F or lightly browned.
Spicy Chow Mei Fun (Fried Noodles with Seaweek vegetables) Recipe:
Ingredients: 1 Lb Rice Flour 2 Eggs 3 Tablespoons of Chicken Powder 4 Teaspoons Cooking Oil 1 Teaspoon Salt ½ Teaspoon Soy Sauce ¼ Cup Water Directions Mix all the ingredients together to form a soft dough. Cover the dough with a cloth and allow the rice flour to absorb the humidity for 10 minutes.
Roll out the dough on a flat surface into a thick sheet of about ¼ inches. Cut the sheet of rice flour into strips and then cut those strips in half lengthwise. Heat some cooking oil (Be careful not to burn it, make sure it is hot enough but not too hot) and fry the thin strips until golden brown. Drain excess oil from noodles and put on a paper towel to soak up any remaining oil—stuff some broccoli, zucchini or any other vegetable of your choice into noodles.
Chow Mein (Singapore Style) Recipe:
Ingredients: 6 cups egg noodles (or spaghetti) 2 tbsp. Garlic oil (can be found in Asian stores) 1 ⁄ 3 cup light soy sauce ½ tsp. Salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 tsp. Corn starch dissolved in 4 tablespoons water Directions Boil the egg noodles until cooked. Drain it and put it into a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix well. Serve hot.
Smoked Pork Chow Mei Fun Recipe:
Ingredients: 4 cups rice noodles, soaked for 20 minutes and drained 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 cups smoked pork, cut into thin slices 1 cup pre-cooked prawns (optional) ½ cup pre-cooked bamboo shoots two cloves garlic, minced salt to season Directions Heat the wok until hot and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until aromatic.
Add smoked pork slices and pre-cooked prawns (if using) and stir-fry until browned. Add rice noodles into the pan with some salt to season them. Stir fry for a few minutes on high heat until well-blended. Add some pre-cooked bamboo shoots. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water (about three tablespoons). Stir-fry until cooked, then serve hot with chilli sauce.
Why do people eat Chowmein?
The first thing that comes to mind when people hear of Chowmein is food from fast-food restaurants. The greasy, salty, and unhealthy combination of fried noodles or pasta with beef instantly comes to mind when most people think of a good chow Mein meal.
This dish is, however, not simply Chinese-American junk food. While it is true that most people eat Chowmein to satisfy the taste buds desire for a nice, salty and greasy meal, there are, however, many others who enjoy chow Mein because of its unique texture and flavour.
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