June 08, 2010 Experiencing Chow-Mein If I were to ask a group of people “What is your favorite food? ” most of them would say countless varieties of food, starting with the delicious French pushing it to Chinese and Indian Cuisine. But whatever it is, whenever it comes to my favorite food, I would say Chow-Mein, which hit the top of my most favorite food. Chow-Mein is a Chinese term for a dish of stir-fried noodles, which eventually carries many varieties: chicken Chow-Mein, beef Chow-Mein or even pork Chow-Mein and of course for vegetable lovers, there’s vegetable Chow-Mein.
There are two types of Chow-Mein that are available: 1. Steam Chow-Mein and 2. Crispy Chow-Mein and both can be mixed with either chicken, beef, pork or vegetable. And my favorite is the crispy Chow-Mein, as how it’s made with fried chicken, mixed with celery or onion and topped with soy sauce and sugar and other delicious colorful ingredients. Chow-Mein has bought many cultures and tradition together with its fancy and scrumptious juicy taste.
I can still remember how Chow-Mein became my favorite food. Every bit of this wonderful dish draws me back to my childhood when I first experienced this satisfying dish with my parents in a Chinese restaurant in Anaheim called Grand China when I was only 6 years old. It was a nice hot summer when my parents decided to a fancy Chinese restaurant, which recently open near our house and since I was 6, I didn’t know much about Chinese food and how there are so many varieties of Chinese food there are.
At first I was nervous because of how the place looked, not that it was scary but how the place looked alive by how it was decorated with its brilliant pattern with colors radiating mostly all color of the spectrum. Then we were taken to our table and were given a complimentary drink, which was tasteless and odorless but refreshing. There we many people there and were ordering many varieties of foods, that I have never seen before. Then my parents were looking at the menu and ordered something special for me that I never tried before but my parents has.
My parents said it’s called Chow-Mein a famous Chinese dish. So, I was excited and couldn’t wait to see my food. Few minute passed by and a waitress came with our food, and there I see my food, there’s the food I’ve been waiting to try. The Chow-Mein had this appetizing smell that drew me too eat this mysterious dish. And as I got the Chow-Mein in my plates, I was moving it back and forth with me fork, thinking if I should eat it or not as most food doesn’t taste or smells as it looks. After thinking a lot, I thought I should give it a try and took my first bite.
The first bite brought joy and happiness in me because of the juicy and crunchy taste, with a bit of spice and which made the whole dish delightful. With pleasant surprise, the food I feared a minute ago became the most favorite food. Chow-Mein happens to be the most authentic Chinese cuisine in America as well as India because of its wonderful texture and it delightful taste. Preparing Chow-Mein is a wonderful experience because how it brings family and friends together and knows a lot about one another.
During special occasion my mom prepares Chow-Mein. Chow-Mein doesn’t only consist of long crispy strings but has many ingredients that go with and in my family my mom gives each one of us a job to get the ingredient ready and mix everything, while my mom prepares the last stage. When we make Chow-Mein my dad’s job is to cut the meat, whether it is chicken or beef and clean it before can be fried or mixed with other ingredient and then my job is to cut the vegetable or onion and celery and wash them, so everything is fresh to cook.
When everything is ready and clean my mom does the last part and that is cooking. There are special sauce you can use to cook Chow-Mein which gives the Chow-Mein its special appetizing smell and its wonderful texture. So, by help from my friends and family I also learned how to make Chow-Mein, although it doesn’t come exactly the way I first experienced it in Grand China or how my mom cooks it, it still gives me the courage to try over and over again, till I get professional on cooking Chow-Mein.
Knowing that not only our own family prepares this delightful dish but other cultures have started to follow this Chinese dish as well and also came across many other delicious Chinese cuisines. There are many people who can cook or create countless different types of food with their special techniques and form of cooking experience. But there are many people who have problem trying other foods because it doesn’t look good or doesn’t smell right and make negative comments about the food, rather than appreciating what the other person do to come up with.
But there are some foods that doesn’t look good but taste great, and many don’t try it because of its appearance. A TV show I recently watched on the Travel Channel who always said that “If something looks god, eat it” (Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern), and by that I came about many food because you never know what you might come across and for me it was Chow-Mein.