Mum’s Chow Mein

Chow Mein

Growing up, no one told us cabbage was horrible, until we had visitors from the big city (Melbourne) one time and Mum made Chow Mein. My family gobbled up everything on our plates, because we loved Mum’s Chow Mein, and it was only later, playing outside on the farm with our more sophisticated friends, that we learned from them that nobody likes cabbage.

The Chow Mein incident happened at least thirty years ago, so I can’t remember what we said to this news, but I expect we politely heard them out without comment, just as they had earlier politely eaten Mum’s Chow Mein without comment.

I still love Chow Mein and have been making Mum’s recipe for He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers for years, who also loves it. If you’re talking to He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers, don’t tell him there is cabbage in it, since he is a city boy and might not like cabbage either.

500gm minced beef
1 onion, diced
1 tspn of butter
1 packet of chicken noodle soup
1/4 cabbage, sliced
1 tspn curry powder
1 Cup green beans

Brown the mince and onion in the butter in the biggest pot you have (I use a soup pot), then mix everything else in, put the lid on and cook on the stove for 40 minutes, stirring once in a while.
This recipe tastes even better the next day and is fantastic on lovely, buttery toast.