Monday, 4 February 2019

Vegetable Chow Mein-Instant Pot + Video Recipe

Looking for a speedy mid-week supper recipe? Your search is over, all you need is this Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!


Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!



After enjoying some delicious oriental food at one of the high-end restaurants in London a few years back, hubby couldn't stop singing about it and he wanted to recreate one particular item which was Vegetable Chow Mein at home. I took it in my stride to get the recipe somehow I never followed any authentic Chinese recipes and kept making all sorts of noodles but wasn't hitting the spot. They weren't bad in taste but wasn't the right one according to hubs. After little trial and error, I have finally come up with a recipe that Hubby would love to have. The perfect Vegetable Chow Mein!! It is light yet flavourful.

Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!


WHAT IS VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN?


Original Chow Mein is a Chinese style dish of fried noodles with shredded meat or seafood and vegetables, but here we are talking about this absolute tasty and simple Vegetable Chow Mein, it is a classic Chinese dish that you can easily whip up in your own kitchen. This homemade version is far healthier than any takeaway, the best part is that this delicious meal can be on the table in less than 20 minutes to make in total (including chopping all the veggies). This delightful and light dish is packed with flavours and textures. A mix of vegetables such as spring onion, carrots, mangetouts and red pepper and egg free noodles are stir-fried in the nutty groundnut and toasted sesame oil. These crunchy vegetables add a crunch to the dish. The combination of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and white pepper bring that wonderful oriental feel. This dish is perfect to sneak in some extra vegetables.

INGREDIENTS FOR VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN


When it comes to oriental cooking like vegetable chow mein, it just comes down to the ingredients and the method of cooking.

Vegetables - This dish based on vegetables, both the vegetables used and textured are key to make delicious noodles. Try to include various colour vegetables as possible like carrots, mangetouts, red pepper and spring onion.

Noodles - Egg free fresh or dried noodles would do a perfect job.

Oil - The right oil can make a big difference. For an authentic oriental flavours use groundnut aka peanut oil and toasted sesame oil. Because stir-frying involves high cooking temperatures, it is important to choose an oil that has a high smoking point, and peanut oil is perfect for stir fry recipes. Also, it has a pleasant nutty flavour and has a high smoking point up to 450 F / 230 C. Toasted sesame oil lends that nutty and authentic flavours.

Sauces - For the perfect authentic Chinese taste you don't need so many sauces, only light and dark soy sauce combined with rice wine vinegar.

Garnish -  I have used toasted sesame seeds

HOW TO MAKE VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN?


{For the Instant pot method please see the video below}

First, cook the noodles according to packet instructions.
Drain the water and add a tablespoon of sesame or groundnut oil, mix it and leave it aside.
In a wok heat groundnut oil at a high temperature.
Add chopped garlic, after a quick stir add carrots (always add harder vegetables first) then mangetout, red pepper and spring onion.
Stir fry the vegetables on high heat for 3 minutes.
Then add noodles, salt, sugar, white pepper powder, both soy sauce, rice vinegar and mix well.
Add toasted sesame oil.
Serve hot in a serving bowl and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds if using.

Instant Pot Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein! It's so quick to make and packed with flavours and textures. Also not to forget it is vegan too. If you want to serve this dish on Chinese New Year, make sure you make lots of it because it is downright delicious!!

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VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN - INSTANT POT 








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Yield: 2 servings

Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein

Instant Pot vegetable Chow Mein- Vegan and healthy! Best part? It can be ready in less than 20 minutes.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 7 minstotal time: 17 mins

ingredients

  • 150g egg free dried noodles
  • 50g julienne carrots 
  • 50g mangetouts-snowpeas
  • 50g julienne red bell pepper
  • 1/2 bunch spring onion 
  • 2 TBSP groundnut - peanut oil
  • 1 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 TBSP light soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP dark soy sauce
  • 1 TSP rice vinegar
  • 1/2 TSP white pepper powder
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds

instructions

  1. Keep all the ingredients ready near Instant Pot.
  2. Set up an Instant Pot according to manufacturer instructions.
  3. Press saute button for 5 minutes on HIGH.
  4. Add oil and let it heat.
  5. Add chopped garlic, fry a few seconds.
  6. Then first add carrots, stir fry for a minute or so.
  7. Then add mangetouts, bell pepper and spring onion.
  8. Cook for a couple of minutes and remove it in a plate.
  9. Now add dried noodles in the pot and enough water to just cover the noodles ( I added 1/2 cup water)
  10. Close the lid and set the pressure cooker for 1 minute.
  11. Let the build pressure.
  12. Once done release the steam, open the lid.
  13. Stir the noodles, then again press saute button for 2 minutes.
  14. Add stir-fried noodles, salt, sugar, pepper powder, both soy sauce and rice vinegar.
  15. Mix everything.
  16. Add toasted sesame oil and mix again.
  17. Serve HOT in a plate or bowl and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds.
  18. Enjoy!

NOTES:

Pressed for a time, buy readymade cut vegetables.
Instead of mangetout, you can use other green vegetables such as Broccoli or bok choy.
Created using The Recipes Generator

13 comments:

  1. My daughter just got an Instant Pot. I will pass this along to her. Sounds like something her family would love for dinner any night of the week.

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  2. Oh how I wish I've had this chow mein in front of me right now!!! I just love the fact this beautiful dish can be ready in less than 20 minutes! Definitely putting this one on the menu to try this week!

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  3. I love vegetable chow mein, and I love it even more when it is homemade. I can't wait to try this! I just need to get my hands on an instant pot!

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  4. Noodles and veggies - my all time favorite combination!! It's freezing here in Wisconsin so I can't wait to warm up with this recipe!

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  5. I love chow meins but didn't know it was possible to cook in an Instant Pot. I'm still trying out all types of recipes so I'll have to give this one a shot.

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  6. I just got an instant pot—so excited to add this recipe to my dinner list. I love chow mein, and in an instant even better!

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  7. Love this chow mein recipe! All these beautiful, colorful veggies! So much flavor and perfect for the whole family!

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  8. I have a soft spot for fried noodles! Now I'm sad that I completely forgot about Chinese New Year. But this would be a great dish for any meatless meal.

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  9. Vegetable chow mein is one of my take out faves! This one looks fabulous!

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  10. Such a delicious vegetable lo mein recipe! This is easy to prepare and the ingredients are so flavorful! Perfect for any lunch or dinner!

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  11. Wow, now this is my kind of dinner... so yummy! And it sounds so easy to make in an instant pot, I need to get my hands on one asap!

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  12. Such a yummy looking showmen, my favourite any day of the week. A bowl of showmen right now would be great

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  13. Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein looks so tempting. This could be a best dinner option when you want to cook something different than regular meals.

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