Monday, July 23, 2012

Pop's Mince Chow Mein

This dish is a crowd favourite at extended family potlucks.  I dare you to make it and attempt to eat but a single serving.  This requires so few dishes to prepare and so few steps cook -- huzzah!

  • 50g butter
  • 1kg beef mince (I never use this much -- I usually use around 500g mince and about 300g boiled red lentils)
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered chicken stock (or two single serve sachets of chicken noodle soup)
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 heaped Tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • A handful of sultanas
  • Half a medium-sized head of cabbage, shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups water (you could omit the powdered stock and replace this water with liquid stock)
  1. Add the butter, mince (optional: and lentils) and butter to a very large lidded pot; sauté onion and brown mince over medium heat.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the pot, mixing together.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the lid and stir while simmering for around 5 minutes.  Rice and cabbage should be soft and liquids thickened and mostly absorbed.
Fills 7 bowls as a main meal or makes 14 side-serves; a great recipe to make with deliberate left-overs.
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