Wednesday nights are the most hectic for us with everyone having to eat dinner at different times. This chinese noodle dish, lo–mein, (meaning mixed up noodles), is a quick and easy one-bowl meal that is can be served cold, at room temperature, or warmed up. Best made with ground pork, you can also substitute for ground beef or chicken.
It can be made ahead of time, and left out for anyone to quickly assemble. Just grab a bowl and go!
Chop 2 bunches of green onions into 2-inch pieces — then throw in small pot.
Add a small handful of dried shrimp (optional) — a few glugs of canola oil. — and give it a toss over medium heat.
Add 3-4 glugs of of dark soy sauce (regular is fine too) — fill halfway up with water —
and return to stove for another 5 mins or until the onions are soft. Turn off, and set aside.
This is will be poured all over the noodles when they are ready.
Chop 1 green onion, add to large skillet or wok — drizzle canola oil —
and add 3-4 heaping spoonfuls of hoisin sauce.
Add a 1½ pounds of ground pork, keep stirring till meat is cooked and hoisin sauce
is well mixed — add about 3 cups water and drizzle soy sauce for colour.
Keep on medium flame, until most of the liquid has evaporated leaving about a ½” from the bottom, stir often.
Taste and adjust seasoning at this stage (more hoisin or salt?) — boil a pot of water for the noodles, and slice a whole english cucumber and set aside while you wait.
In a small bowl, add 1 heaping teaspoon of cornstarch, and a little water to thin it out. It should be thin and pourable, not a paste! — When most of the liquid in the meat mixture has been reduced, pour the cornstarch to thicken the remaining liquid, stir fast! It will thicken quickly in about a minute. It’s done. Set aside in serving bowl — When pot of water boils, add your noodles or pasta, cook and drain.
Strain noodles (these are chinese noodles, but you can use spaghetti), place back in pot —
pour the dried shrimp and green onion mixture into noodles, toss and mix well.
Serve noodles in a bowl, spoon some meat on top, and add a handful of cucumbers.
This will easily feed a family of four to six with leftovers.