Food & Wine Magazine

Chow Mein is a popular foreign delicacy. There are many discussions concerning the recipe for Chow Mein. Many think it is a typical Chinese dish, and the Chinese themselves offer stories concerning its origin. One of the most frequently heard stories explains it thus: “A Chinese cook came to America and was asked to prepare a meal. Knowing nothing of American way of cookery, he struggled to create a dish out of the ingredients he found available in the nearby markets.” What do you think of that? Do you really think the cook created the dish by just putting together the ingredients below?


1 Tbsp. peanut oil

1 head Chinese cabbage, shredded

3/4 cup cooked shrimp

2/3 cup bamboo shoots, sliced thin

12 water chestnuts, sliced thin

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. seasoning powder

23/4 cups chicken stock

1 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water



Heat oil in skillet.

Fry cabbage for 2 minutes.

Add all ingredients.

Cover tightly and cook for 5 minutes.

Add cornstarch paste, cook 2 minutes longer.

Serve with canned fried noodles, well heated.

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