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Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry

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Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry

I was so thrilled to have my son come home from school to visit last weekend.  I don’t see him too often but we do skype or email to keep in touch. I like using skype because I can actually see him while we talk but sometimes the quality of the connection can be poor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining…  I simply prefer talk to someone in person than use technology to do it.  Good or bad, having a face to face conversation beats a phone or email converstation hands down.

Whenever my son is home he can always bet on home cooked meals surrounded by friends and family.  No sandwiches, pizza, frozen dinners or anything that bears the slightest resemblance of college student food.  I can’t say that I blame him.  I would feel the exact same way.  I know because, I walked in those same shoes many years ago.

I made my Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry for a quick lunch as my son was packing his bags to go back up to the University.  It’s made with chicken, ramen noodles and a large handful of chopped pak choi fresh picked from my garden.  Pak choi is an Asian variety of green leaf vegetable similar to cabbage or turnips.  It cooks quickly and lends a wonderful flavor and texture to many Asian dishes.

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Pak Choi growing in my garden.  I planted two varieties of this Asian leafy vegetable, a small purple leaf Pak Choi and a large white Bok Choy.

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Bok choy.  This grows more than twice the size of the pac choi.  It is also slower to bolt.

Pak choi or bok choy can be found in many grocery stores and at farmer’s markets.  It’s a cool weather crop so it’s more likely to be found in the fall, winter and spring months.  My Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  What I like about it is that It’s inexpensive and a great option for a quick lunch or weekday dinner.  My son liked it and I hope that you do too!  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ramen noodles
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large handful of Pak Choi (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 Tbs Indonesian soy sauce or Kecap Manis
  • 1 tsp canola oil

Begin by boiling 2 cups of water in a sauce pan.  Add ramen noodles.  Save the seasoning packet for another day.  Cook ramen for only for three minutes.  Remove from heat, drain and set aside.  Meanwhile, bring a wok or large fry pan to medium high heat.  Add canola oil.  Now add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the onion is transluscent (about a minute or two).  Add cooked chicken, ramen noodles, pak choi and Indonesian soy sauce.  Cook another few minutes until the chicken has heated through and the pak choi has wilted.  Don’t over cook.   Remove from flame and serve.  Makes one serving.

Easy Bami Goreng

Easy Bami Goreng

Bami Goreng is an Indonesian fried noodle dish.  Quite frankly, I think that there are as many versions of this dish as there are islands in all of Indonesia.  This recipe for Bami Goreng is what I used to make for myself and friends while I was away studying at college.  My Easy Bami Goreng is ridiculously inexpensive, simple to make, and tastes wonderful.  Not to mention, when you prepare this dish, people really think that you are an exotic cook.

My Easy Bami Goreng is prepared using cheap Oriental flavored ramen noodles, fresh vegetables, garlic, Indonesian soy sauce, cilantro and  fiery sambal oelek.  That’s about it!  You can add cooked chicken, shrimp or tofu if you would like or you can even use whatever vegetables you have on hand.  The flavor combinations you can make with this dish are endless.  Makes 1 big serving. Enjoy! Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ramen noodles (Oriental flavor)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup leeks (cleaned well, white part only, thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (shredded or sliced into match sticks)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Indonesian soy sauce
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbs cilantro chopped plus more for garnish.
  • 1/2 tsp sambal oelek (optional and to taste)

Begin by boiling the water in a saucepan.  Cook ramen noodles for  about  2 1/2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Do not overcook.  Set aside the spice packet.  In a medium hot wok, add canola oil, onions and leeks.  Stir fry for about 2 minutes or until onions are tender, adding a bit of water if necessary.  Add the carrots, bell pepper, garlic, spice packet and sambal oelek.  Stir fry another 2 minutes.  Add the cooked ramen noodles and Indonesian soy sauce.  Cook until noodles are warmed through.  Add the cilantro.  Toss and serve.  Garnish with fresh sprigs of cilantro.  Makes one big flavorful bowl of cheap tasty noodles!