05 Feb Chow down on chow mein this Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Gone is the year of the dog as today marks the beginning of the year of the pig. The pig is the final of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and represents the traits of wealth, diligence and amicability. Despite its diligence, the pig came last in the mythical race held by the jade emperor to determine the order of the zodiac, as the pig is said to have stopped to eat and take a nap mid race!
As a significant cultural event, Lunar New Year is at the centre of the largest human migration that occurs each year. Known as ‘chunyun’, this mass travel dwarfs all other pilgrimages and gatherings with around 3 billion trips expected to be taken as part of chunyun this year.
Regardless of whether you like to be active and travel or rest like the zodiac pig, there is no better time to chow down on some chow mein.
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|Chicken, Mince, Raw||g||600|
|Sherry, Sweet style (~11% sugars)||ml||30|
|Flour, Cornflour, From maize starch, gluten free||g||15|
|Ginger, Peeled, Fresh or frozen raw||Grate||g||6|
|Bean, Green, Fresh or frozen raw||Slice||g||120|
|Onion, Spring, Raw||g||86.4|
|Cabbage, White, Raw||Shredded||g||160|
|Sauce, Soy, Commercial regular||ml||36|
|Sauce, Oyster, Commercial||ml||24|
|Stock, Chicken, Commercial||ml||60|
|Noodle, Wheat with egg, Plain dry||g||360|
1. Combine chicken, sherry and cornflour in a bowl. Cover. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
2. Heat wok over high heat until hot. Add enough oil to swirl and coat wok.
3. Add half the chicken. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until golden. Remove to plate. Repeat with oil and remaining chicken.
4. Heat remaining oil in wok. Add garlic, ginger, beans and onions. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
5. Add chicken, cabbage, soy sauce, oyster sauce and stock. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until cabbage has wilted.
6. Serve with noodles.