Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tofu Chow Mein

I discovered Fresh Chow Mein noodles at Whole foods. It was by Annie Chun's and it was organic too. So I had to buy it. Its texture reminded me of Maggie noodles.  I followed the recipe on the back of the packet for "Chicken Chow Mein". Instead of chicken, I used tofu cubes.

 I tweaked the original recipe to our taste.

Here's what I did -

Tofu Chow Mein
1 Annie Chun's Freshpak Chow Mein Noodles
salt to taste
1/2 block of tofu, cubed

For Sauce - Whisk together and set aside
3 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp tomato ketchup (I use Westbrae brand which does not use additional sugar)
A pinch of black pepper, preferably freshly ground
1/2 tsp paprika for color

3-4 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 big chunk of green cabbage, shredded
1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp oil
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tbsp minced ginger

Freshly ground black pepper - as needed
1 spring onion, thinly cut greens

Suggested accompaniment
Green chilies in vinegar

1. In a wok or pan, heat oil. Add ginger, garlic. Saute for 1 minute.
2. Add thinly sliced onion. Saute for 1 minute.
3. Add shredded cabbage. saute for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste.
4. Now add frozen veggies - I used them right from the freezer. Let them thaw as you continue to cook.
5. Let the veggies be completely thawed. It may take about 7 - 10 minutes on a high flame.
6. Now add noodles. Add sauce and 1 cup water. Let the noodles absorb the liquid and get all the flavor.
7. Continue cooking when they are nicely incorporated with veggie and sauce. Add tofu chunks. Mix while taking care not to break noodles or tofu.
8. Switch off the gas.
9. Garnish with black pepper and spring onion.
10. Serve with Green chilies in vinegar

1. The original recipe calls for sauteing the noodles in 1 tbsp of oil for 1 minute in a separate pan, before adding to the veggies. I avoided this step to save on extra 1 tbsp of oil.
2. I am known to add an insane amount of vegetables in my noodles and rice preparations. Please adjust to your own likings.
3. My mixed veggie packet had green peas, carrots, green beans, yellow corn. You could easily add bamboo shoots, baby corn, mushrooms etc.

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