How to make Chow Mein : Recipe for Nepali-Style Chow Mein

I recently met Hem, who came to America just three years ago from Nepal. He’s already a restaurant owner…running the successful “Nepali Kitchen” in Akron, Ohio. I was introduced to him through the wonderful organization the International Institute of Akron.

While visiting Akron, I had the pleasure of eating at the Nepali Kitchen and even got the chance to cook with Hem! My favorite dish I had there (and I had many) was the chow mein.

It didn’t taste like most chow mein dishes I’ve had — it was much more flavorful and less greasy. Thankfully, Hem let me and my camera into his kitchen to show us how the magic happens.

The ingredients you need for this dish are:

-1/2 cup of olive oil
-1 cup sliced onion
-1 cup shredded cabbage
-1 cup of vegetables — such as peas, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
-8 oz. noodles (the Nepali-style spaghetti Hem used can be found at most Asian stores, but you can use any noodle you have on hand)
-2 Tbsp. diced red onion
-1 tsp. chili powder
-1 tsp. paprika
-1 tsp. cumin powder
-1 tsp. coriander
-1 tsp. mustard seed powder
-salt (to taste)
-3 Tbsp. soy sauce
-1/4 cup ketchup
-1/4 c. vinegar
-1 tsp. MSG (optional; it’s used in a lot of Asian cooking)
-1 tsp. chopped green chile
-juice from 1/2 lime
-2 tsp. cilantro leaves

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