Valentine's Day means one thing to lots of people. It's all about making Momma happy. 'cause if Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy, especially the male folk. Now you can go out have a big dinner, eat some chocolates and get in a food coma. That's OK, but having to walk around after dinner feeling like you need to put on your fat pants is not romantic. How about some good ol' fashioned Chinese food you make yourself? Crisp fresh veggies, a little salty shrimp, a little spicy sauce, crispy noodle pancake that's fun to eat with your fingers, score!
If your budget isn't speaking shrimp this is good with tofu, chicken or even edamame beans
Here's what you need to make a nice meal for two. A teflon or other non stick pan, a wok or big saute pan
This will take you an hour if your knife skills are rusty. I say be proactive and cut the veggies the night before. It won't cost much assuming you have most of the stuff for the sauce around your house. A lb of shrimp is around $10.00 and is plenty, the other stuff maybe another $10.00. Twenty bucks for V-Day won't be stimulating any economy but yours.
- 1/2 lb of cooked spaghetti
- 1 lb of shrimp, tofu, chicken or edamame beans
- 1 red pepper cut into nice size chunks
- 1/2 red onion, chunks
- 1/2 head of bok choy cut into chunks
- 1/2 lb snow peas
- 3 celery stalks, peeled and cut on the bias into thin pointy strips
- 1 can of sliced waterchestnuts (I use broccolli stems peeled and sliced like waterchestnuts)
- any other veg you like.
- 1 T curry powder
- 1/3 cup Chinese Goop
- 1T cornstarch mixed with 2 T water
- vegetable oil for stir frying, no olive oil
- 2 Tablespoon rough chopped fresh cilantro
I posted some addtional photos if you want to see how I cut the vegetables.
Have all of your food prepped and laid out within arm's reach of the stovetop.
Noodle Pancake Time
Heat non stick pan over moderate heat. Add two Tablespoons oil
Add cooked pasta to pan and cook like rosti. When the noodle is a nice golden color on one side flip using a spatula, tilting the pan away from you. Cook for about the same length of time. Place on wire rack in a warm place.
Chinese Shrimp Time
Heat the wok over high heat
Add 2 Tablespoon oil
Add shrimp, cook 1 minute on one side, flip and cook 30 seconds
Add all the vegetables, tos them all around and look pro. Make flames jump up from the side of the pan when you shake them.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
Add curry powder, toss and cook for 30 seconds
Add Chinese Goop, toss
Add cornstarch/ water mixture, toss. It should get real thick and stick to the veggies. Turn off heat.
To serve, cut your pancake in half, put it off to one side and spoon the stir fry over some of pancake spilling into the middle of the plate. Sprinkle with fresh rough chopped cilantro