Classic Chinese Chow Mein (dinnerthendessert)

2 T canola oil
1/4 head cabbage thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
2 T sweet soy sauce (aka Kecap Manis)
2 T soy sauce
4 T oyster sauce
1 c water
12 oz chow mein noodles, cooked a minute shy of the directions
6 oz bean sprouts (opt)
sesame seeds for garnish (opt)

Heat a large pan or wok on high heat. Add canola oil to the pan and cook the cabbage. Cook 2 – 3 min until wilted, add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce and water and bring to a boil for 1 min. Add in pasta and bean sprouts and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Note:  Add protein of your choice: chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu etc. if desired.

Homemade Kecap Manis

1 1/2 t soy sauce
1 1/2 t molasses or dark brown sugar
a tiny pinch of ground anise

Mix together. This is a decent substitute, but if you can get the original the flavor will be even deeper.

 

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