Recipe · Writers Write

Long Life Lo Mein

We are in limbo land. You know, that day before the world changes again. Bacon starts work tomorrow. It’s raining. We are in don’t-spend-a-penny mode, saving for Coco’s eminent hospital bill. So today, I give you a favorite family recipe. It’s quick, easy, and cheap. Noodles are a traditional Chinese birthday dish. Because they are long and skinny, they symbolize a long life. Hence, the name.

Cook a pound of angel hair according to package directions. Do not over cook.

In a wok or giant skillet heat 2 t. canola oil and then add: 1 package precut broccoli slaw, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1 cup cooked cubed meat. (Any leftover chicken or pork works.) ½ cup frozen, pre-shelled edamame. Do not thaw first.

In a bowl combine: 2 cups chicken broth (1 can is good), 2 T. soy sauce, 1 T. corn starch, ¼ t. crushed red pepper.

When veggies are crisp tender, add the liquid mixture. Turn the heat to high and reduce the liquid by half.

Drain the pasta, place in a large serving bowl. Add 2 T. sesame oil. This is the secret ingredient. Do not use it to cook the veggies because it burns at a low temperature.

Pour the veggies and meat over the noodles, combine gently. Serve in bowls with chopsticks. Drink jasmine tea.

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