Chow Mein with Tofu (quick, fresh & vegan)
Chow Mein is, in my eyes, the entry point into the world of Asian cuisine. The dish developed in the kitchens of Chinese immigrants in the USA. Chow Mein is simple and not too exotic for the western palate. In pretty much every city you can find many stores that offer these fried noodles. Mostly Chow Mein is offered with chicken or beef, but often also with vegetables. My recipe, on the other hand, is completely vegan, as I use a delicious homemade oyster sauce for the preparation. Together with smoked tofu, we will soon have one of the most popular Asian dishes on our plates.
1 block smoked tofu
200 g mixed seasonal vegetables
1 ½ tbs peanut oil (or other cooking oil)
2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
200g chow mein noodles
1 carrot , thin stripes
100 g bean sprouts
3-4 tbs Vegan Oyster Sauce
3 green onions , 2 cm pieces
70 ml water
First heat oil in wok or large fry pan over high heat. Now add garlic and stir fry for 10 seconds or until it starts to turn golden. Be careful and don’t let it burn!
Next add smoked tofu and stir fry for 3 minutes. Now add vegetables and carrot. Stir fry for 1 ½ minutes before you add the noodles, Vegan Oyster Sauce and water. Stir fry until the noodles are done, tossing constantly.
Now add bean sprouts and spring onions. Toss through for 30 seconds or until the bean sprouts just start to wilt. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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