Wednesday, 27 November 2013

International Food week: Chinese Chicken Balls and Chow Mein

David has graced me with his presence this week (finally! This semester has been hard to see each other with David being in his third year and i'm at uni and working). We decided instead of our usual wining and dining, we would save our money and cook instead. I really don't know why we don't always do this, we are both fairly good at cooking - we just love eating out, especially if you can get unlimited drinks...

On Monday we went to Handmade Burger Co. as on Mondays they have 30% student discount and as a loyal customer I had a free burger to claim! We had a massive mare in there but it just shows that being a loyal customer gives you benefits (I will tell you about this over the weekend when I do my Gig Post). Monday night ended by going to see Crystal Fighters at Leeds Uni union and it was absolutely fabby. If you've never heard of them, check them out because they are such a happy, crazy and sparkly band and seeing them live just made me love them more. 

Yesterday we had our Chinese meal: Chicken Balls and Chow Mein Noodles. 

What you will need (serves two):

  • 2 chicken fillets
  • Half a packet of batter 
  • An egg
  • Water
  • A pan full of oil
  • Onion(s) as many as you wish - we used 2 small onions
  • Spring onion(s) as many as you wish - we used 3 sticks of spring onion
  • A clove of garlic
  • Egg noodles (I used Sharwoods)
  • Chow Mein stir fry sauce (I used Blue Dragon)
1. Get the oil boiling in the pan 
2. Chop up the chicken fillets into pieces
3. Make the batter mix. Add water and 1 egg - the batter mix pack has the instructions on the back. If you want to make your batter from scratch you can use this recipe steps 1-5. We cheated a wee bit.
4. Soak the chicken in the batter mix. Start to place a couple pieces of chicken at a time into the oil - once brown take out and place in a bowl with some kitchen roll to soak the fat up.
5. Chop the onions, garlic and spring onions and fry in a wok.
6. Boil the noodles in a pan for 3 minutes.
7. Add the Chow Mein sauce to the onions.
8. Once the noodles have boiled, add them to the wok with the onions and the sauce in and mix. 
9. Once you have fried up all the chicken balls, you are ready to serve. 
and voilĂ  a quick, cheap and delicious meal. 

Please note: I am not a proper cook however I thought it would be ideal to show you what we're eating this week!


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