13 (Fri) August 2010
Squid & Shrimp Chow Mein
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family
Timing is essential in a proper stir-fry. That thing the pros do – one hand tossing a wok full of ingredients, the other simultaneously adding seasonings with a giant ladle – it’s not just for show. Seconds make the difference between undercooked, cooked, overcooked, burned. And because each ingredient finishes at a different rate, the order of inclusion is crucial.
My first attempt at chow mein, I added the noodles perhaps a few seconds too soon, allowing them to soak up too much of the sauce and become soggy.