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Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Trip to Asia...

Tonight I wanted to capture the flavors of Asia by making a twist on lo mein using an oyster and black bean base. I visited an Asian grocer I had never been to before to gather my ingredients. The grocery is called, United Noodles located off of 
E 26th and Hiawatha. United Noodles is nicer than the groceries I frequent on Eat Street. United Noodles has an vast inventory of foods both fresh, frozen and pantry including a small cafe featuring fresh sushi and authentic Asian classics. I even picked up my favorite snack, dried squid!!, believe it or not, dried spicy squid is pretty tasty. Follow my recipe below and satisfy your chinese food craving without the grease and msg of take-out without losing flavor!

United Noodles
2015 East 24th Street  Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 721-6677

Vegetable and Shrimp Lo mein in an Oyster and Black Bean Sauce
(serves 4-5)

1 package lo mein noodles
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 onion, diced
2 shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup diced carrot
2 tsp ginger 
2 cups broccoli
1 can chopped water chestnuts
1 can baby corn 
2 tbsp oyster sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp garlic black bean paste
1 cup thin strips of red pepper
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup diced shrimp

Boil noodles according to package directions and set aside. Heat wok with half of your sesame oil and add onion, ginger, garlic, shallot and carrot and saute over medium high heat for five minutes. Add broccoli and saute until tender. Add water chestnuts, baby corn and sauces and saute over med-low heat. In another large saute pan add the rest of the sesame oil and drained noodles over high heat. Stir noodles until the edges just begin to crisp. Add noodles to vegetable mixture as well as the shrimp and red pepper and saute until shrimp cooks through. Plate with a few bean sprouts on top for crunch and enjoy!


  1. Hi Rachel! Do you mind if I link this blog post to the United Noodles facebook? It sounds super delicious and we totally appreciate the online shout out to our store! Thanks --Lucy Schneeman, Marketing Manager @unitednoodles

  2. Hi Lucy, I think I replied to you via email- not sure if that worked. I would be happy to share my blog/post with you. I love your store! Thanks- Rachael p.s- my blog changed names