Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Chinese Symbol for Happy Chinese New Year (恭禧發財)

Happy Chinese New Year!

How to say Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese?

The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese). Even though the pronunciations are a little different, both are written the same way.

How do you write Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese?

Traditional Chinese: 恭禧發財; Simplified: 恭禧发财.

Gong Xi (恭禧) is congratulations or respectfully wishing one joy.

Fa Cai (發財) is to become rich or to make money.

Thus, Gong Xi Fa Cai means wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.

Kung hei fat choi

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.

Years of the Snake

Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year.

THE SIGN OF THE SNAKE

The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time.

Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner. (http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Snake.htm)

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

A simple recipe to celebrate Chinese New Year and one that is on the table quicker than phoning up for a Chinese Takeaway, my recipe for Chicken Chow Mein is filling and has NO MSG in it, as many take-away dishes often contain. Making a chicken chow mein is easy, as long as you have all of your ingredients prepared and ready for stir-fry take off! I have always added mushrooms to my chow mein, as well as carrots, but peppers are also great veggie additions as well as mini sweetcorn. For a truly authentic way of serving this Chinese take-away classic, serve it in small bowls with chopsticks……and lots of napkins!

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Chow Mein or “fried noodles” originated in Northern China. While the chow mein served at take-outs and many American and British Chinese restaurants is designed to appeal to western tastes, it is based on an authentic Chinese dish of fried noodles with vegetables. Whatever the historical background, it makes a quick and tasty meal for all the family and is also packed with some of your five-a-day too. I hope you enjoy my simple recipe, which is below, and all that remains for me to say, is Kung Hei Fat Choy! See you later, and have a great Sunday, Karen

 

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Easy Chicken Chow Mein

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Allergy Soy
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party
Region Asian
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
An easy and authentic Chinese stir-fry, cooked and on the table in less than fifteen minutes. Add optional vegetables of your choice such as mange tout peas, peppers and baby corn.

Ingredients

  • 100g medium egg noodles
  • splash of sesame oil
  • 200g skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips
  • splash of dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp chilli sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely sliced into matchsticks
  • 100g bean sprouts
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 4 large spring onions, sliced lengthways
  • 80g mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper

Note

An easy and authentic Chinese stir-fry, cooked and on the table in less than fifteen minutes. Add optional vegetables of your choice such as mange tout peas, peppers and baby corn.

Directions

Step 1 Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water for 2to 3 minutes until al dente, or according to packet instructions. Drain them. Drizzle with a splash of sesame oil and toss well.
Step 2 Place the chicken strips in a bowl and season with a splash of soy sauce, the five-spice powder and chilli sauce.
Step 3 Heat a wok until smoking hot and then add the groundnut oil; add the chicken and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the chicken is browned and cooked through.
Step 4 Add the carrot and stir fry for a further 3 to 4 minutes; add the bean sprouts, onion, spring onions and mushrooms and stir fry for 30 seconds more. Stir in the cooked noodles and season with the light soy and some freshly ground black pepper.
Step 5 Spoon the noodles onto a serving plate or in individual bowls and serve immediately.
Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

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Comments

    • says

      THANKS so much for my LOVELY dragon – this post was scheduled, so no time to add him, but the next time I post a Chinese recipe, he WILL be in the picture! Karen

  1. Janice says

    Looks great, Karen. Definitely quicker than takeaway for me as I would have to get in the car and drive 12 miles for a decent takeaway, no deliveries out here! Happy New Year to you too, what is your Chinese animal?

  2. says

    I was just walking through Chinatown in London and thinking that I really wanted Chinese…and now I’ve seen your post I REALLY want Chinese! I’m off to check my store cupboard right now to see if I’ve got the ingredients for this which I may well do with a few modifications to the vegetables!!!! Thanks :-)

  3. says

    This is something I love to make and the children love it too. Such a perfect speedy supper full of goodies. Gong Hey Fat Choy. We have been celebrating at home today with both crispy duck & roast pork pancakes with loads of Hoi Sin sauce. Hope you had a good night on Saturday. Lunch was just lovely, thanks for organising and see you next time!

  4. says

    Oh YUM! this looks so appetizing & I think I can eat a couple of bowls of this delicious chow mein in one sitting! Gong Hey Fat Choy to you & your family, dear Karen! ;)

  5. Phyllis Ellett says

    Great recipe , got most of the ingredients in the cupboard. So going to give this a go, thanks

  6. Beverley says

    I have some leftover chicken from making a casserole, so this in on the menu for tonight and I shall whip up some more of your chicken stock, too!

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