Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fried Noodles (Chow Mien)

Like many kids, my children love those fried, springy egg noodles. I sometimes prepare all the ingredients individually and let them have some fun taking their own food and plating them ... like at a buffet! It doesn't take a lot of effort, but it makes the meal a lot more interesting. And I think children do eat better when they have fun.

- Fry with garlic, shallots, oyster sauce and chicken stock.

Chicken fillets (marinated in soy)
- Fry in oil and garlic till just cooked.

Carrots (julienned) and leafy greens
- Boil in chicken stock till tender.

Egg (beaten lightly, seasoned with a little soy sauce)
- Fry and scramble quickly.

Serve all the ingredients in individual plates. Provide a pair of tongs for the noodles and you're ready to eat!

We had this last week ... my daughter plated it! :)

Today, I sneaked some enoki mushrooms, which camouflaged perfectly into the noodles. My daughter didn't even know till halfway through the meal, when she commented, "The noodles are a little crunchy today." How sly of mommy!

Sigh ... the things we do to make our children try new food!

This was for lunch today. As you can tell, one-dish noodle meals feature frequently on my menu. Can you see the enoki mushrooms?


  1. I think I see the mushrooms tucked in there - very sly! It's so fresh, vibrant and delicious looking!

  2. I love any noodle dish. You fried noodles look so tasty. I think it's a good idea to let the children help themselves. Great tip! Thx ;)


  3. You are a very creative mommy. I like the way your "confused" and "convinced" technique to introduce new food to your dd. Keep up the good job!

  4. Such a cute post sneaking in the enokis:) I spotted them immediately..Great idea having the children serve their own plate:) I am sending this to my daughters.
    You are just adorable.

  5. How sneaky of you!!!
    this looks delicious and I'm sure satisfied kids and adults alike :)

  6. What a great idea. Kind of like bibimbap for noodles:-)

  7. Reeni (with a heart): Thank you for your kind words :)

    Sally: Thank you! I think what children want is to have fun while eating :)

    food-4tots: Thank you, I will be looking at your blog more often for kid-friendly food!

    La Table De Nana: Thank you :) Hope your daughters will like the idea. I am in love with your blog!

    Marta: Thank you :) And yes, I am amazed at some of the things I do to make my kids try new things! Haha!

    Marc @ NoRecipes: Thank you for dropping by :) I popped by your blog and it's gorgeous!

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