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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Everyday Cooking"- Vegetable Lo mein

After coming to US, I became a big fan of Food Network.After coming back from work in the evening my favorite show was '30 minute meals' by Rachael Ray. She 'put together' an entire meal in 30 minutes! Now,that is what a 'tired' girl wants after a long day at work...a quick, easy, fast cooked hot meal!!
Rachael uses 'Spaghetti' as Noodles for many of Thai and Chinese dishes. I liked the idea.No need to run to 'chinese' store to hunt 'Hakka' noodles and more important ......pastas are less sticky...so the Noodles come out perfect and non sticky..everytime!

4 'fistfull' of 'Thin Spaghetti' Pasta
1tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2cup Sliced Green pepper+ Red Pepper
1/2cup sliced Carrots
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped Green onions
1/4cup corn kernels
2tbsp Soy sauce
3tsp Maggie hot and sweet sauce
1/2tsp Sambal Olek(Red chili+garlic paste) optional
red pepper flakes
1/2tsp Black ground pepper
1tsp Roasted Sesame seeds

1) Boil the noodles in ample water with salt. Cook till 'just' done.Do not overcook the pasta...it will get sticky.Stir occasionally.Follow the directions on the packet for how long to boil it(usually 8-10 mins)
2) Drain the pasta well and spread on flat dish. With oiled hand spread the pasta.
3) Meanwhile, in 3-4 tsp oil, fry the veggies on 'high' heat. We want to cook the veggies and still keep them crisp.Cook on high flame for only 2-3 mins.Do not over fry/ cook to make the veggies 'limp' and loose color.The veggies should be crisp and maintain good color.
4) Add the ginger -garlic paste and stir.
5) Add the noodles, sauces, black pepper, salt to taste (soy sauce is salty, so go easy on salt)
6) Garnish with chopped green onions and roasted sesame seeds.
7) Serve hot!!

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