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Video:Lo Mein

with Rachel Edelman

Wondering what to make for dinner tonight? Try this delicious recipe for lo mein. You can have the leftovers for lunch the next day.See Transcript

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Transcript:Lo Mein

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make lo mein.

Lo Mein Ingredients

For this recipe, you'll need:
  • 1 pound soft lo mein noodles
  • 1/2 pound sliced beef
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 slices ginger root
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/4 c. cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy
  • 1 tablespoon light soy
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon wine
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • dashes sesame oil

Make the Marinade for the Lo Mein Beef

A few hours before cooking, I'm going to make the marinade for the beef. I'm going to cut my pre-sliced beef into thin strips. Lo Mein can also be made with chicken, shrimp, or just with vegetables.

In a mixing bowl, combine the wine, the light soy sauce, half of the sugar, a sprinkle of pepper, a dash of sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.

Pour the sauce over the beef. Let the beef marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Cook the Lo Mein Noodles

When you are ready to cook everything, start with the noodles and the vegetables. First, bring a pot of water to a boil.

Cook the lo mein noodles according to the package directions, usually between 1 and 3 minutes. Drain them in a colander and rinse with cold water, so they don't overcook.

Prepare the Lo Mein Sauce

Next, shred the scallions, I like to do this by just cutting with kitchen shears. Then chop one piece of ginger.

Also, prepare the sauce by combining the dark soy sauce and the rest of the sugar.

Heat and Flavor the Oil

Now, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over high heat. We are going to flavor this oil by adding one slice of the ginger and the garlic clove. Brown them for a minute or two and then remove them from the pan.

Stir Fry the Lo Mein Ingredients

Next, stir fry the mushrooms for a few minutes. Then add the beef. You can also add the chopped ginger at this time. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.

Next, pour in the carrots. To save time, I bought pre-shredded carrots; this is about one medium carrot. Cook for one more minute.

Now pour everything into a bowl while we work with the noodles.

Stir Fry the Lo Mein Noodles

Add 3 more tablespoons of oil. When it is hot, fry the noodles and bring the heat back down to medium.

Then, add the scallions, bean sprouts, and finally the beef and vegetable mixture . Mix it all together. Finally, pour on the sauce and cook for 1 more minute. Serve hot and enjoy.

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