This week at the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market I picked up a vegetable to feature in a recipe. As I walked Higuera street looking for veggie inspiration, I was reminded of my favorite family recipe that features Cauliflower! This incredibly nutrient dense vegetable has been hidden in my mom’s homemade Chinese food recipe since I was little! It is one of the warmest meals I have even enjoyed; perfect for winter! I used to beg my mom for homemade Chinese food…even in the summer. Sometimes I would get the look of a madman. Other times she would oblige and make it and make the whole family sweat through dinner.
There are so many incredible memories associated with this meal. I was unashamedly excited to share this meal with my new roomies here in SLO. One of them being 100% Chinese, I was a little intimidated since this is a very white-washed version of the real deal. They both loved the meal and I hope you do too!
- 3 chicken breasts or 3 pork chops, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 white onion
- 1/2 head of cauliflower
- 4 celery ribs (or sticks, whatever you call them), chopped
- 1 small container of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 6 oz of reduced sodium soy sauce
- Chinese noodles
- Vegetable or canola oil
- Cut up your meat into bite sized chunks. Add a small amount of oil to the bottom of a stock pot and turn stove to medium heat.
- Once oil is heated add your meat and brown.
- Once the outside of the meat is browned add your white onion.
- When the onion has softened and the meat is cooked add your veggies.
- Add water to the pot until it just barely covers your veggies.
- Add your soy sauce. If your water is not brown then continue to add until the water has completely turned a light shade of brown.
- Cover and bring to a boil.
- Let your vegetables cook in the boiling water.
- Once veggies are soft add your bean sprouts.
- While your water is boiling start frying your noodles
- Add enough oil to your pan to lightly cover the bottom of it. Heat stove to medium-high heat
- When oil is hot add your noodles.
- Cook noodles to desired crispiness.
Serve your Chinese food over the noodles. As seen in the above picture.