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This is a really easy recipe but truly makes a fuckton. So, unless you are feeding a large group or intend to eat this for days, consider cutting the recipe down. The veggies you choose to use are up to you. This can be made with no veggies at all or with regular pasta. It is a very forgiving dish.
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Vegan Vegetable Spicy Szechuan Lo Mein Noodles
Feeds 10 or more
2 1/2 lbs of SOFT (or cooked) lo mein or chow mein noodles or even cooked spaghetti
1/2 lb vegan meat of choice (I used leftover Tofurky ham) – diced (very optional)
for the veggies
2 tsp hot chili oil (or other oil)
2 tsp sesame oil
1 small onion – diced
6 long beans (or other green beans) chopped
1 bell pepper (I used 1/2 red & 1/2 yellow) – diced
1 zucchini – diced
2 dozen snow peas – trimmed & sliced
6 mushrooms – sliced
2 small heads of broccoli – cut into florets
5 or 6 carrots – chopped
1 cup purple (or other) cabbage – chopped
8 oz can sliced water chesnuts – drained
6 bird’s eye chilis – split (optional)
1/2 cup water
for the sauce
2 TBS minced ginger
4 garlic cloves – minced
1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
2 TBS Shaoxing cooking wine or rice vinegar
4 TBS light soy sauce
2 TBS dark soy sauce
1 tsp agave
1 large handful Thai basil (or other basil)
GARNISH – more shredded basil or cilantro, sesame seeds, sliced scallions, lime wedges
In a very large wok, heat the two oils. Add all the ingredients in the “for the veggies” list. Heat over high heat for about 5 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
Add the noodles, faux meat (if using) & everything in the “for the sauce” list. Combine & heat through.
Serve with your garnishes of choice.