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We live in a multicultural society where everyone has unique and interesting backgrounds.
Including in these is FOOD, which plays an important role in our lives.
Like everything else, food varies from one culture to the other. For example, it is found that eating pork
is perfectly normal in one country and prohibited in another.


We are a group of students from Vanier College in Montreal, Canada. As a school project
for our humanities class World Views on Food Production, each one of us had to come up with a special recipe.
This recipe had to either be a tradition that has been present in our family for many years or
have a symbolic meaning/historical background attached to it, which is part of our culture.


Because we didn't want to keep them only to ourselves, we created this blog to share with you our recipes!
Among these recipes, you will find appetizers, main dishes and desserts.


In this blog, you'll be transported from North and South America all the way to Europe and Asia passing by Africa.
Enjoy as you discover new delicious foods from around the world!

CHINA: Beef Chow Mein

By: Stephen Chow


I chose this recipe to share with the World Views class because this is one of my favourite dishes and I wanted others to experience it. This is a traditional meal in Chinese culture and has become extremely popular in North America. This recipe belongs to my grandmother, but was passed down to her from her mother when she passed away.

My grandmother came here from China twenty years ago, and each time she prepares it, it is something special. It is only on Chinese New Year that my grandmother prepares this meal because for her, this dish represents “family”. When my grandmother was a little girl, her mother only prepared it on Chinese New Year, and when she asked why, her mother responded, “because to me this is a celebration of a family”.

Chinese New Year is the most important date on our calendar because this is the only time when all our family members come together and celebrate the New Year. This family tradition is something I have looked forward to each year since I was five because all the kids get to help prepare this meal, and it always brings a smile to my grandmother’s face. The smile that she has is priceless because she is expressing her happiness that everyone is together, and for this to happen, it is very difficult as each family has its own busy schedule.

The Chinese culture values family like any other culture, and for us to celebrate Chinese New Year with this Beef Chow Mein as a family each year is something wonderful and something that I will always remember.


THE RECIPE

Ingredients:
- 6 ounces flank steak
- 3 ounces broccoli florets
- 3 ounces cauliflower
- 1 ounce carrot, sliced (optional)
- 5 sugar peas, cut into pieces
- 2 stalks celery
- ¼ onion, shredded
- 8 ounces Fresh chow mein noodles (look for them in the cooler section of the supermarket, next to the tofu)
- 1 cup canned chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 teaspoon chinese cooking wine

Seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon chicken broth mix
- ½ teaspoon light soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- 2 drops sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon oil (added last)

Sauce
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- ½ teaspoon light soy sauce
- 1 dash white pepper
- 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
- 2 drops sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon chicken broth mix
- ¾ teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water


Procedure:
1. Mix together the seasoning ingredients, except for the oil. Cut flank steak into thin slices at a slant against the grain, and stir with the seasoning to coat. Add the oil and stir. Let stand for 15 minutes.

2. Prepare the sauce in a bowl, and set aside.

3. Cut the vegetables into bite size.

4. Boil 3 cups of water. Add ¼ tsp. salt. Add egg noodles for 30 seconds, and drain.

5. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan. Pan fry the noodles on medium heat. Fry both sides until crispy. Place noodles into a shallow serving dish and set aside.

6. While noodles are frying, boil 4 cups of water in a large saucepan, and add ½ tsp. (3 ml) salt.

7. Add the vegetables, blanch them for a few seconds, and drain.

8. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a deep skillet or wok, and fry steak until medium. Set the steak to one side of the pan, and stir-fry the onions and garlic on the other side until the onions are soft.

9. Add the vegetables and sprinkle with the cooking wine. Pour in chicken sauce. Bring to a boil, and add the sauce to thicken.

10. Top the noodles with the beef and vegetable mixture, and serve!

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