|Ground Beef Lo Mein|
No reason to visit the take-out. This lo mein is so easy and delicious, you can make it right at home.
I’ve attempted to make a copycat version many times, but it wasn’t until I read the authentic recipe from the wonderful family who authors The Woks of Life, did I finally have the secret to the sauce. If you want the real deal, just follow that link. I didn’t have a lot of the add-ins they use on hand so I used what I had in my veggie crisper and my freezer. My version is a quickie pretty-near-authentic meal that uses budget ingredients.
|Cheap, easy and delicious|
For years I was under the impression that what you bought on the supermarket shelf was “dark soy sauce.” It’s not–that’s actually more “light soy sauce.” The secret here is having the dark soy sauce.
This is easily obtained if you have a Chinese market nearby. I don’t anymore–and haven’t since I left NYC. It’s available from Amazon, so I purchased it from them.
However, after tasting it and seeing the texture, a pretty good approximation would be a tablespoon of regular off-the-shelf soy sauce and about 1/2 teaspoon of molasses.
I have to say this was pretty darned good! First of all, it’s cheap, fast, easy and uses what most folks have on hand, but do visit Woks of Life–their blog is truly balm for the soul–food, travel, and plenty of good-natured sibling humor.
- 8 oz lean ground beef
- 1 stalk celery or bok choy, sliced
- ¼ cup baby carrots, julienne
- ¼ cup sliced onions
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbs light soy sauce*
- 1 tbs oil
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 8 oz spaghetti (dry)
- 1 tbs dark soy sauce**
- 1 tbs Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
- 1 tsp dark sesame oil
- *Light soy sauce is not the sodium-reduced soy sauce. It is an actual product. Major major brands of soy sauce closely approximate light soy sauce
- **Dark soy sauce is available in larger supermarkets and Chinese markets. If you cannot obtain it, a good substitute is 1 tbs regular soy sauce (like La Choy) and ½ tsp molasses.
- Cook spaghetti per package directions to al dente stage. Drain and rinse; set aside.
- Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil.
- Brown ground beef, breaking up clumps. Add the garlic, light soy sauce, sugar and salt; stir to combine.
- Add the celery or bok choy, carrots and onions. Stir fry until celery is bright green.
- Add the cooked and drained spaghetti and the sauce. Toss to coat completely.
- Turn out on a serving platter.
|Ground Beef Lo Mein|
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