Chicken Chow Mein – Chinese Restaurant Cooking Secrets – PoorMansGourmet

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This Chicken Chow Mein recipe is how it’s done in most Wok kitchens, varying the vegetables, because chow mein is usually just the left overs from other stir fry’s or oriental dishes. So basically you can put what ever you want in it if you prefer other ingredients. But, I would highly recommend following the way I show you how to do the sauce to insure you get the restaurant quality taste. However, if you’re looking for the Crispy noodle recipe with more vegetables, I have a recipe for that too and the link as at the end of this video as well as listed down below. If you like spicy food, you might be interested in my Dan Dan Noodle. I’ve listed that below as well so definitely check it out.

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  1. Another good substitute for MSG is 2 anchovy filets (or paste) added at the beginning. You won't taste the fish, but it adds a lot of natural glutamate, a natural flavor enhancer. I'd say this is one dish to flip over (and over and over). ::-)

  2. It would be much better to add dark soy sauce if it is availble in your chinatown area

  3. What MSG does is heightens the umami flavor that already exists in the dish. If you want to amp up umami naturally, add some dried shiitake mushroom powder and a dash of good fish sauce (Red Sail is one of the best). Remember, this is the Poor Man's Gourmet, so don't expect everything to be absolutely kosher. It is up to us to share what we would substitute for ingredients we couldn't bring ourselves to include in these great, simple food recipes that someone has taken the trouble to share with us. A good cook knows what to swap out in a dish, and it takes a lot of practice.

  4. This looks REALLY good! I must try it, maybe with some crispy tofu or beef lol.

  5. I just moved in with my boyfriend and trying to learn how to cook more and your videos are awesome! keep it up! 😁

  6. Looks delicious. Glad to see someone that's not afraid to use MSG aka Accent flavor enhancer. If you're not allergic to it, it's not a problem.

  7. Can you pls explain the difference between light and dark soy sauce and give us some brand recommendations?

  8. OK, here's my plate.  Yes, put it on the plate, yes more, even more, yes even more.  Hey … You can just give me the entire skillet and a fork, …thank you….  What are YOU having for supper?!  8*

  9. Ok, that was stellar… are those noodles readily available in the larger chain grocery stores? AND, what's a good knife to get for cutting meat and doing the trimming of the fat?? Love the channel bro, you never cease to amaze!