16 October 2013

* Turkey Chow Mein

Turkey Chow Mein Recipe
This Turkey Chow Mein is a quick and easy mid-week meal that takes about 30 minutes to put together.... and a life time to blog about.

It's been sitting in my to-do folder for about a month because I took sooooooooo many photographs of it that I LOVED - that I was having a hard time whittling it down to just two. After a while they all sort of looked the same and I had to chip away at them gradually until I was happy with my final choice... which I wasn't - so I had to go find all the deleted originals and start again.


Had I known just how complicated and time consuming taking a photo of a recipe was going to get, I may never have started food blogging in the first place. However, I am now well and truly addicted and we're eating all sorts of weird and wonderfuls... that don't always get blogged.

For instance, last night I threw together a quick chicken shepherds pie type affair, with leeks and mushrooms and it tasted absolutely GAWJUS...

... but it looked like the cat had thrown up on our dinner plates. Not exactly food to share. I spent the entire meal thinking "How can I do this again but next time make it look like something other people might want to try to cook... and then eat?"

I'd had a glass of wine though and after thinking the above sentence... all I could think about was cheesecake.

This happens A LOT.

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Turkey Chow Mein Recipe

Serves 4

Prep time - 15 minutes
Cooking time - 15 minutes
Total time - 30 minutes

You will need
A large frying pan or wok
A pot to cook the noodles in

7oz/200g dried medium egg noodles
4 tbsps dark soy sauce
1 tbsp dry sherry or rice wine
4fl oz/120ml chicken stock
1 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp groundnut oil
4 spring onions - thickly sliced at an angle (about 1cm) white parts only reserve the green tops.
2cm/3/4 inch piece of root ginger - peeled and grated
5oz/140g chestnut mushrooms - sliced
1/2 red bell pepper - deseeded and sliced
1/2 orange pepper - deseeded and sliced
9oz/250g turkey breast steak - sliced
2 tbsps cooked sweetcorn (optional)

  • Cook noodles according to packet instructions, drain and reserve.
  • In a bowl mix together the soy sauce, sherry/wine, stock and cornflour and blend until smooth. Set to one side for later.
  • Heat the oil in the wok and stir fry the spring onions, ginger, mushrooms and bell peppers over a high heat for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Add extra oil to the wok if needed and stir fry the turkey over a high heat for 3 minutes (or until cooked). 
  • Return the vegetables to the wok along with the noodles and the sweetcorn.
  • Pour in the soy sauce mixture and toss everything together until piping hot - about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with spring onion greens and an extra drizzle of soy sauce (optional).


Turkey Chow Mein Recipe

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  1. Abbe, what a great weeknight meal! I love it! I can so relate to capturing a picture that does the dish justice. I've also made things that were absolutely fantastic that looked like "expletive deleted"! :-) Blogging is so much more that cooking! Great post. I'm saving this one.

    Bill @ www.southernboydishes.com

    1. Thanks Bill! Food blogging really is far more than just the recipe, I had no clue until I got started!

  2. I am hooked to blogging and photographing too! Your pictures are perfect and so is the dish!

    1. Thankyou, Katerina - you only get to see the *non cat puke* stuff though ;-) !!!

  3. Dear Dirk - I have chosen not to publish your comment as it is not relevant. I do not need an education in the use of the English language. This is a space - let me clarify... MY SPACE... where I share the recipes I have cooked and whatever else I damn well please. It is not a space to get free advertising for your google+ page or to educate the masses (including me). Please take your interests elsewhere.

  4. I use to always order chow mein when I ate Chinese, but I've never made it at home. This dish looks absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Thanks, MJ! We did the same when we had a Chinese - I do like a Beef Chow Mein with my Special Fried Rice ;-)

  5. Abbe,
    Thanks for this great recipe. I'm always looking for more ways to use more veggies. I just got put onto the menu for tonight.

    1. You're very welcome, Art - I hope you enjoy it! x

  6. This looks amazing, Abbe. I lurvveeee that it has so many ingredients! ^.^

    1. Thanks, Sharon - they were just sitting in my fridge wating to be used up ;-)

  7. Seriously I too would not have dived into this pool of blogging had I known photographing is addictive,time consuming and bloggers setting the bar higher every time :))
    Awesome looking chow mein.

    1. We do blog because we love it, don't we ;-) and thankyou xx

  8. LOL I know what you mean! That's the trick with food blogging is making your dishes appealing so that others might actually want to try them. Gotta say you did a great job on this turkey chow mein, looks amazing!

    1. Thanks, Jo! All of your pictures make me drool, every time ;-) x


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