Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hilary's Chow Mein

My friend Hilary makes this, just like her Mum did and my family all love it - so now I make it too. Its quick and easy and because I always have mince in the freezer I can have most of the ingredients on hand. Add whatever vegies you like, but the cabbage is essential. The picture below is of the chicken version.

This is a good recipe to cook for another family in need, just cook double, put half in a container and give it to them with one of those packets of instant microwave rice.

Chow Mein
serves 4
500g Beef or Chicken Mince
1 onion, diced
1-2 tsp curry powder
1 packet Chicken Noodle Soup
1/4 head of cabbage (normal or chinese), sliced in 5mm strips
Other vegetables - carrot (grated or chopped), beans, mushrooms, corn
Rice to serve

In a large frypan over medium heat fry onion (and carrot if using) with a little oil until soft. Add mince and break up as it browns. Drain excess oil if necessary. Add curry powder and cook briefly.

Add soup packet and 2 C water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or so, until  cooked and thickened. Add cabbage and any other vegetables and cook for another minute until tender (some people throw it all in with the water, but I am not a fan of soggy vegies).

Serve with rice. Also tastes great the next day on toast!

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