Vegetable Lo Mein
This Vegetable Lo Mein is an all-vegetable and noodle dish which is packed with savory flavors. For the stir-fry sauce base, you can either use homemade shrimp stock or vegetable stock (store-bought is fine). Both are delicious either one you choose. The shrimp stock adds a rich, full-bodied flavor. Scale up on vegetables in this recipe or add what you have in season. This is an Asian in America recipe by Elizabeth Ann Quirino.
Servings: 4 people
- 450 grams fresh lo mein noodles
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 whole medium-sized onion, white or yellow; chopped
- 2 stalks scallion whites
- 1 ½ cups shrimp stock or vegetable stock
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 whole medium-sized carrot, peeled, sliced in 1-inch strips
- 1 whole small head of broccoli, cut into florets
- 4 to 6 bunches Baby Bok Choy, edges trimmed; each sliced into 4 shredded pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 stalks scallion greens, sliced
- 1 whole fresh lemon, sliced
For shrimp stock:
- 250 grams shrimp heads, with shells
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
To prepare Lo Mein noodles:
Remove fresh noodles from the package. Drop them in a medium-sized stockpot of briskly boiling water. Blanch for about 2 minutes.Remove the noodles from boiling water and set aside. Discard the water.
To stir-fry the Vegetable Lo Mein:
In a large wok or skillet, over medium-high heat, add the oil.Stir fry the garlic, onions and scallion whites for about 2 minutes.Pour the shrimp or vegetable stock, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Mix well.Simmer for about 2 minutes. Add the carrots, and broccoli florets. Cover and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes till soft.Add the sliced Baby Bok Choy leaves. Incorporate into the vegetable mixture, the fresh Lo Mein noodles. Mix well.Season with sesame oil, salt and black pepper. Cover and continue cooking for 5 to 6 minutes more. The noodles will puff up and expand to a larger size.Garnish with scallion greens and sliced lemons. Serve warm.
To cook shrimp stock:
In a medium-sized stockpot, over medium-high heat, combine the shrimp heads, and water. Sprinkle the garlic powder and salt. Cover and let the liquid come to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes. Discard the shrimp heads, and reserve the shrimp stock liquid for cooking. Freeze any leftover shrimp stock for other dishes.
The shrimp stock adds a full-bodied flavor to the noodle dish. If not convenient, or if there are shellfish allergies, use store-bought vegetable stock instead.Other vegetables you can add: Mushrooms, Napa cabbage, bean sprouts, celery, sugar snap peas and other leafy greens in season.For noodles, you can also use dry noodles, but follow package directions for cooking and incorporating into the stir-fry.
Serving: 100g | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 945mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg