Will anybody else be attending any Fashion’s Night Out events in New York City (or any other city) tonight? I admit, I’m not usually the type of person who is interested in fashion or anything like that, but this is a once a year city-wide party and I wouldn’t miss it! I almost didn’t go, but my friend Valerie changed my mind after showing me all of the fun things that are happening…plus I’ve never met a free drink that I didn’t like, so the fact that FNO keeps the champagne flowing doesn’t hurt, either. Last year I got to meet Gail Simmons at one party, and my friends and I just happened to be in the Chanel store when Karl Lagerfeld showed up. I was obviously much more interested in snapping a blurry picture with Gail than trying to get close to Mr. Lagerfeld, but I digress – Fashion’s Night Out is a great time and I hope you’ll let me know if you’re going to be out and about tonight!
I made this lo mein for Kramer and his sister, Rachel, the other night and I would definitely say it was a success. It’s been gloomy in New York for a while now, so I wanted to make something comforting and simple. Chinese food is a great way to shake it up with your typical comfort fort repertoire – is there anything that can make you smile after a long day than a big bowl of delicious noodles? I think not. I grew up eating Chinese food at least once or twice a week, as my dad works for a company based in Taiwan and he travels to China and Hong Kong multiple times a year. While I may have been a picky eater when I was a kid, I’m now grateful that my parents were able to introduce me to such a wide variety of different foods. Lo mein as we know it has certainly become more Americanized over the years, and this recipe reflects that. Tender pieces of beef, big chunks of mushrooms, and crunchy bell peppers all come together in a savory sauce for a meal sure to please your whole family. It’s easy to make Chinese food at home, and this is the perfect example of that.
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Prep and chop all of your vegetables.
Cook your meat in a heated pan with oil for 30 seconds on each side – you want the meat to be tender and not overcooked at all.
Remove your meat from the pan, then add in the bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, or whatever other vegetables you have on hand. Saute for 10 minutes or so over medium heat, then remove from the pan.
Add a bit more oil to the pan, then saute your shallots and garlic and add in your noodles, followed by the sauce and rest of the vegetables.
- ¾ pound lo mein noodles (My local grocer carries these, but you can also use spaghetti or angel hair pasta, if you are so inclined)
- 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 pound beef, thinly sliced (I used top round, but any cut will do, but be sure to pound it out if it's a tougher cut)
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 small bunch of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces (or any other green vegetable that you like)
- 1 large red bell pepper (the red is for color, but green or orange will work just as well)
- 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
- 1 large shallot, minced well
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced well
- 1½ teaspoons chili paste (you can find varieties from mild to very spicy - pick your poison)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- scallions, sliced thinly (for garnish)
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- Heat your pan over high heat and add in your canola oil and sesame oil. When the oil is hot, sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper, then add in your beef slices in batches to the pan, searing for only 30 seconds or so on each side. When finished, place the beef on a separate plate until ready to use. Be sure to do this in batches so that your meat sears and doesn't just steam (steaming happens when the pan is overcrowded - it makes for tough meat).
- This is a good time to start boiling your water for your lo mein noodles. Add your bell pepper and broccoli to your pan with a bit more oil and lower the heat to medium-high. Saute for 8-10 minutes, until the bell pepper begins to soften and the broccoli is cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside with the beef (you can place it on the same dish as the beef, if you like). Add in a bit more oil and add in your shallots. This is a good time to start cooking your lo mein noodles in boiling water (cook according to its package directions). Saute your shallots for 5 minutes or so, until translucent, then add in the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- When your noodles are ready, strain them and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add the noodles to your hot pan with the shallots and garlic. Pour your beaten eggs over the noodles and toss until the egg starts to cook, then add in the beef, bell pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour over everything, tossing to combine. Make sure that everything is heated through, divide into bowls, and top with scallions.