Chicken chow mein

When you look at the photo above , do you see a dark and/or moody shot ?

To me , it kinda look perky , maybe too much color ? Too bright ?

Need to practice ! Or get Lightroom ! 

Ha ! Who needs it when Picmonkey is free ?

Now , now , no smirking - I'll say it again , beggars can't be choosers lol

Anyway , aside from my love-hate relationship with rice , noodles is another favorite of mine . This week alone , I've cooked 3 noodle dish !

Carbs overload ahead ! 

Tired of buying take-out ?  Try this easy and cheap dish , a budget-friendly meal for all you noodle fiend out there . You can easily whip this up in no time . Sky is the limit when it comes to stir-ins in this dish , you can dressed it up or down ( with only sliced carrots , onion ,  soy sauce and sesame oil , it'll be good as well ) and as long as there are veggies , it's healthy , right ?! lol 

I found out last time when I cooked this noodles that it tastes so much better the day after . I've got some leftover of this and the next day , I steamed it for lunch , don't use microwave , please ?! , and I like it more compare when it was freshly-cooked , maybe because all those flavors had time to blend together  .

Serves 4

300 grams chicken tenders , cut into strips
350 grams fresh egg noodles
50 grams green beans , trim , slice diagonally then blanch
1/2 red bell pepper , cut into strips
1/2 onion , sliced
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 clove garlic , minced
2 stalk spring onions , cut into sections
a handful of beansprouts
juice of 1 small lime plus 1 lime for garnish

Marinate chicken with 1/2 tsp chicken powder , 1/2 soy sauce , 1 tsp five-spice powder , few drops of sesame oil . Add 1 tsp tapioca starch or cornstarch before frying .

For the sauce : In a small bowl , combine together 1/3 cup water , 1 teaspoon light soy sauce , 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce , 1 tsp oyster sauce , 1 tsp brown sugar and 1 tsp chili sauce .

* Boil noodles for 3 minutes , drain then sprinkle few drops of sesame oil to prevent noodles from sticking .

* Meanwhile , heat a wok or a large pan , pour in 1 tablespoon of oil , add in the garlic and ginger , stir fry until fragrant then add in the chicken pieces , cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown . Transfer to a plate , keep warm . In the same pan , add in onion , stir fry until softens , add in the beans and the bell pepper , cook for  1 minute . Add the chicken , noodles and beansprouts , stir well to combine , pour in the sauce , mix well and adjust taste . Add in spring onion and drizzle the lime juice , give it another good stir and serve warm .


  1. Love your photos...the bright colour of the vegetables is really calling me to come dine with you:)

  2. the shots are perfect, like from a good book!

  3. Hi Anne,
    Love this kind of simple yet delicious one dish meal,
    Anymore left..i need a take away with lots of bean sprout :p


  4. Sounds very delicious! Realy want to try it soon thanks for sharing :)

  5. Psst, i am a beggar too, Anne :) And sometimes, i can't get anything out of it no matter how hard i 'beg', especially those taken when there's not much sun left! You have a delicious looking bowl of chow mein there, you did a very good job with the stir in, somehow mine doesn't get stirred in nicely :(

  6. Anne, I love chow mein and never get tired eating everyday. Yours looks very delicious!

  7. Hi Anne! What a simple and amazing meal you have created here. If you would like to link this up for Pasta Month, please let me know. (acalenda {at} gmail {dot} com) After all, noodles are Pasta toooooooo, lol...

    If you do get to post another pasta recipe before the party, you can include that one too. Just mention Pasta Month and you're in, lol...

  8. I love noodles, the instant packeted kind hehe! that's cause I always find it a chore to cook from scratch even though it's just throwing in ingredients and stir frying, like so simple huh! :D More washing up to do lol! Love the moody photo, looks good.

    1. Jeannie , I LOVE instant noodles ( less washing up for sure ! ) as well but since I need to blog something , this dish was so much easier than some dishes that I've been wanting to make lol

  9. Hi Anne,
    Delicious plate of noodles! Yum, this makes a wonderful lunch, simple and delicious! I cook noodles a few times a month too! And I agree with you, do not use the microwave to reheat, steam is the best, goes with leftover rice too!

  10. This chicken chow mein looks fantastic!! I love chow mein, but have never made it at home before. But I REALLY want to!!

  11. Love this easy dish... great for days when you have no time to spend in the kitchen!

  12. I am absolutely a huge noodle fan, can you please send over a bowl? Bwt do you know we have a photography club, a rather small and personal affair, where we take photos on themes every month and get someone to critique these photos? if interested, let me know will link you up, it's fun :-)

  13. Hi Anne! Nice shots! No, they are not moody at all but look like they are from some cookbook! I'm not joking...

    1. Alvin *sigh* maybe I need a lot less colorful subject for my moody look next time :D

  14. Hi Anne, I agreed with Alvin, when I first see your photo, it give me a Wow feel, like this type of dark photo, and with that bowl of colourful noodles, I wish I can take a bowl from the screen, hehehe..nice shots girl!

  15. Hi Anne, I have to agree with Alvin & Sonia, your pictures look amazing ! Colorful & very appetizing! I love to cook noodles for my family too & I think it's way easier to cook this noodles than cooking few dishes to go with rice! That's the lazy me talking ! LOL

  16. I am not good at photography but the noodle bowl does look delicious.

  17. Hi Anne, your comfort noodle look so inviting and mouthwatering. I don't mind to have 2 bowl, please!! :))

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  18. *coughs trying to be polite* You have garlic on your ingredient list twice... Missing the ginger ^^;

    Only just noticed as I am attempting to make tonight.

    1. Thank you so much for pointing it out , Ishy ! I've updated it already :D


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