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Vegetable Lo Mein

What you need: 

white soba Japanese noodles (not buckwheat)
1 can water chestnuts
1 can baby corn
5-6 stalks of green onions/scallions
1-2 carrots
3 large handfuls of fresh bean sprouts
approx 3 tablespoon soy sauce
approx 1 tablespoon sesame oil
approx 1 cup sweet spicy chili sauce
optional: any other vegetables you enjoy! peppers, broccoli, etc! *note, if you are using
broccoli, it is best to blanche or steam first so they are not extremely crispy and
uncooked
olive oil or peanut oil (anything you prefer)

What you do: 

This recipe is very quick and requires little preparation, making it easy to make multiple entrees at once. I serve this with a homemade hoisin sauced baby bok choy side dish (have submitted the recipe as well).
*Sidenote: sweet chili sauce is spicy but is diffused nicely with the noodles. This product is found in a bottle in the sauces section of a grocery store (maybe in the ethnic section of yours). I purchase this at my local whole foods and have no problem finding different brands of the same product. You shouldn't have a problem finding it. It definitely makes the dish though. A must-ingredient! enjoy!
1. Boil japanese noodles for approximately 9 minutes, or until al dente.
2. Five minutes into the noodles being boiled, chop up your green onions and start sautéing them in a wok (or large pan) in your oil of choice.
3. Peel carrots and add the shavings to your pan, along with the water chestnuts (water drained), baby corn (water drained), and any other vegetables you are using (Note: not the bean sprouts).
4. When the lo mein is al dente, transfer the noodles to the stir fry pan.
5. Add sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and peanut oil. Mix well and simmer the dish for 5-10 minutes.
6. One minute before completion, add the bean sprouts. This ensures their crunchiness!

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

How many packages of noodles does this recipe use? I assume one, but it didn't say so I wanted to check! Thanks!

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this was delicious.  i only sort of followed the recipe.  I didn't have much sweet chili sauce and it wasn't spicy, so i also added some other things from my fridge including chili garlic sauce, spicy kung pao sauce, and hoisin sauce.  all in all it was really good. for the extra veggies i used mushrooms, celery, shredded carrots and red cabbage.  i also just used regular soba noodles.  basically this seems to be a fool proof recipe. thanks!

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I was very happy with this recipe. As was the rest of my family. My husband is hard to please when it comes to lo mein. He's quite picky and has only *really* liked it from 1 place in town. But he loved this! No need for takeout ever again.

I didn't use the corn, water chestnuts, sprouts or chili sauce. I sliced up mushrooms and sauteed them with the green onions and carrots. Next time I want to add snow peas. I'll be making this a lot, cutting back a little on the oil next time.

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I made this tonight for my half-vegan very supportive boyfriend and myself.  We liked it a lot and it cooked up a lot faster than I expected (I used boxed "lo mein" noodles, so they didn't take 9 minutes to cook).  The only thing that I was not expecting was how spicy it was!  Granted, I have no spice tolerance, but it caught my boyfriend a little off-guard as well.  But, it was still tasty, and that's all that matters.  I will likely make it again but make sure to include some pea pods and bean sprouts, since I didn't have any this time.

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My local Wholefoods doesnt carry them but I will ask to order some.  I want to make that Happy Ragoon Recipe with this one. Thanks anyway!

I want to try them in that too!  Good luck finding the shrimp!   ;)b

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Hi!  I actually get them at Whole Foods... the brand is VegeUSA and it says "VEGAN SHRIMP" big on the front of the box... They're really good; the texture is nice without being too like real shrimp, and the flavor is subtle and not too overpowering.  They go really good in a stirfry or grilled on a skewer.

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My local Wholefoods doesnt carry them but I will ask to order some.  I want to make that Happy Ragoon Recipe with this one. Thanks anyway!

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@ Pecans and Nhyhsh, I ususally find all of my vegan meat substitutes in a local Asian grocery store. They are in the frozen section and they carry everything from vegan shrimp to vegan fish fillets. The items can be pricey sometimes so check around. The shrimp are good, just don't overcook them. I really really love the taste of the fish fillets, they even have the skin on it to make it look real(it's really seaweed). I hope this helps.

Thanks I will ook around i want some sooooo badly!!!

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This was delicious!
I used snow peas, baby corn and broccoli - and added a bunch of sriracha because my sweet chili sauce wasn't very spicy....
Will definitely make again!  And again.  And again.

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Where do get ur vegan shrimp? I seen some online but didnt know what it would taste like, how do you like them?

I get my vegan shrimp from http://www.vegieworld.com/ May Wah Vegetarian Food

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This was good... I followed the1stdrop's suggestions :)

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