Caribbean -Style Chow Mein

by ImmaculateBites on 27 August, 2015

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Caribbean -Style Chow Mein – Chicken marinated with green seasoning , loaded with vegetables and chicken. So much better than take out version.

 Chow Mein Caribbean Style

 

Lo mein in the Caribbean’s?  Well, Yeah!  After all, there are plenty of Chinese immigrants who migrated to the Islands and contributed much to the food culture, though not as heavily as other countries but a worthy mention.

This Caribbean Style Chow Mein is a worthy mention.  It’s quick and easy to put together overflowing with flavor and a plate full of texture and contrasting flavors.

It has everything you need in a meal, chunks of protein, vegetables, and good old carbohydrates. What’s not to love?Chow mien is one of those dishes that most people have tried at least once – it’s readily available at fast food restaurants and a big seller. And we all have our favorite joints for it. Don’t you?

 Chow Mein Caribbean Style

You are going to love this even more!  Pinky promise.

It is so versatile, many many ways to make them, just switch it up. This is just one way of making it –I play with it all the time, depending on my mood.

 Chow Mein Caribbean Style

Here, I used chicken thighs (bite- sized pieces), shrimp and or/chicken breast works as well. The basic vegetables are sliced cabbage and julienne (thinly sliced) Carrots – the rest is up to you and what you have in your refrigerator. Hey, tell you what, why not use this opportunity to clean up refrigerator using the vegetables you have on hand. Great idea right?

So what makes this Caribbean? Not much just spices (green seasoning and hot sauce or pepper). But just these few spices pack a punch.

Chow Mein Caribbean Style

Green seasoning is a quintessential Caribbean Spice and Herb blend. A must have in most Caribbean household. I always have some handy. If you want to make it check it out here

Enjoy!

Notes

  • I like using sliced chili pepper but when am making it for kids then I throw in the whole chili pepper without slicing. I want the flavor not he heat.
  • Egg noodles are used to make chow mein but you can sub with spaghetti. Ran out of egg noodles so I used Japanese noodles instead, worked out just fine

Enjoy!

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chow mein Caribbean Style
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Caribbean
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
Marinated Chicken
  • ½ - ¾ pound skinless boneless chicken thighs cut in bite size pieces
  • ½ teaspoon green Seasoning (replace with 5 spice or parsley and cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
Chow mein sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • 2 -tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
Chow Mein
  • 8 ounces lo mien egg noodles
  • 3-4 Tablespoons vegetable or Canola oil
  • 1 cup broccoli, sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 cups carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • ½ onion sliced onions
  • 1 chili pepper whole (sub with ½ teaspoon or more siriracha)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (parsley and/or cilantro) optional
Instructions
  1. Place chicken pieces, green seasoning sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch and white powder in a small bowl – thoroughly mix to combine. Let it rest while you prepare the vegetables and other ingredients
  2. Cook the chow mein noodles according to package directions, drain well, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix water, oyster and soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil ,ginger and sugar
  4. Make sure all the vegetables are sliced and ready to go.
  5. Heat a wok or large skillet with about 2 Tablespoons oil over medium heat, then add chicken, and let it rest for about 30 seconds before turning over. Cook for a minute. Throw in chili pepper, and continue stirring.
  6. Then add toughest vegetable first, Broccoli, carrots snow peas, bell pepper and onions
  7. Stir continuously for until desired tenderness is reached.You may have to add some oil as needed to prevent burns. Throw in egg noodles and chow mien sauce, stir evenly coated with sauce, and add scallions, herbs. Toss to distribute evenly, Adjust to taste with oyster or soy sauce. Serve immediately.

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Place chicken pieces, green seasoning sauce, oyster sauce, and five-spice powder in a small bowl – thoroughly mix to combine. Let it rest while you prepare the vegetables and other ingredients

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Heat a wok or large skillet with oil over medium heat, then add chicken, and let it rest for about 30 seconds before turning over. Cook for a minute.

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Then add toughest vegetable first, Broccoli, carrots snow peas, bell pepper and onions
Stir continuously for until desired tenderness is reached.

Chow Mein Caribbean Style

Throw in egg noodles and chow mien sauce, stir evenly coated with sauce, and add scallions.

Chow Mein Caribbean Style



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Sorrel Drink

by ImmaculateBites on 20 August, 2015

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Sorrel Drink- A  spiced up floral drink, that will keep you  going from now till the Holiday Season

Sorrel Drink

Just look at this drink like… an early Christmas present from me to you, in August, when summer is winding down.  One you are sooooo going to appreciate this time of the year. And gradually fall in love with , and then be “jolly happy” with, during this holiday Season.

 I wanted to wait till the holidays to post this, and then I kept going back to it over and over again. Just decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

 Sorrel Drink

Although sorrel is mostly enjoyed during the holidays, I think this is the perfect time to get acquainted with this drink.

 Sorrel Drink is dark red, a little sour, with a raspberry like flavor; made from the petals of sorrel plant (flor de Jamaica)” or hibiscus plant flower as popularly known in West Africa.

 In Nigeria, it’s referred to as Zobo drink, in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean Island it’s known as Sorrel Drink. You can get the tea version in your grocery store, labeled hibiscus tea.

 It’s a fairly nutritional drink, rich in Vitamin A&C, magnesium, calcium, and potassium- however, that’s not its selling point. 

Sorrel Juice 

The Benefits may lure you in, but the taste will keep you coming back for more.

Sorrel Juice 

It ‘s, tart, citrusy, spicy and sweet. And may I add it ‘s good and refreshing or should I say refreshingly good. 

These petals are becoming increasing available that I can easily get them at most major and whole food markets, depending on the neighborhood store. My bet is most International Markets do carry them- African, Caribbean, Hispanic and some Asian markets

The Dried version is just as good as the fresh ones. No worries! For mortals like us, it’s works fine. This is a just a guide, you may add more or less flavoring, water to suit your needs, make it work for you , there is no formula for it.

 During the holidays it is a must to throw in some rum to make it a true festive Caribbean Drink.

 Enjoy!

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Sorrel Juice
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Caribbean
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 10 cups water or more (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger
  • 2 cups dried red sorrel buds
  • 8-10 cracked pimentos
  • 1 lime chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Oranges sliced (optional)
  • Rum to taste (optional)
Simple syrup (sub with honey or sweetener)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-cup sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl bring to a boil 2 cups water and sugar. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Allow cooling
  2. Place sorrel in a large bowl, together with ginger, lime, pimentos (all spice and cinnamon stick. Heat up water in a kettle, pot or microwave, until it boils.
  3. Gently pour boiled water to the bowl of Let steep about 45 minutes or more. You may refrigerate overnight in the fridge for a more potent flavor.
  4. When ready to serve sieve ingredients, with fine sieve and discard all particles. Reserve drink
  5. Add simple syrup as needed, together with rum according to preference and orange slices.
  6. Serve with ice.

Sorrel Drink

Sorell Juice



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