Written by Stephanie Koathes

In the Kitchen: Vegetable Chow Mein

Here’s an amazing chance to win a ticket for you and a friend to one of these five Jamaica Food and Drink Festival events:

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All you need to do is join us with your answers on IG Live @yellojm on Friday, 19 October at 3pm. Read carefully, some clues are in this article. Come #ParWidWi!

Yello’s In the Kitchen series brings you a selection of great recipes to try out from some of Jamaica’s most talented chefs.

A delicious meal doesn’t mean that you need to get every dish in your kitchen dirty. Some of the best, most comforting dishes are made in one pot. Lorraine Fung, a name synonymous with excellent catering in Jamaica, shares her recipe for a tasty, customisable vegetable Chow Mein. And guess what? It’s all made in one pot.

Lorraine is one of the amazing chefs for the 2018 Jamaica Food and Drink Festival running from 20 – 28 October.

Wok the hell, are you ready? Let’s get cooking!


1 pack Chow Mein Noodles or any egg noodles

2 carrots, cut in slivers

1 small cabbage, cut in slivers

4 stalks pak choy, cut in slivers

4 tbsp. vegetable oil


3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion

1 small scotch bonnet, chopped

2 ounces fresh ginger, cut in slivers


2 tbsp. low sodium soya sauce

1 tbsp. sesame oil

2 tbsp. oyster sauce

1 tbsp. Chinese cooking wine

1 tbsp. corn-starch or cornflour

1 tbsp. sugar

Salt to taste


3 stalks scallion, cut in slivers


Prepare noodles as per instructions on the package and put aside.

Slice the carrot, cabbage, and pak choy. Wash in salt water and drain.

Slice garlic, onion, scotch bonnet pepper, and fresh ginger for the seasoning. Set aside.

Mix soya sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, corn-starch or cornflour, sugar, and salt in a bow and set aside.

To prepare the dish, heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add vegetable oil, keeping on medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, scotch bonnet pepper, and ginger. Stir for 15 seconds. Add sauce and stir until it reaches a boil. Add vegetables starting with carrots. Stir for 15 seconds. Add noodles in small portions. Lift noodles upwards, taking from the bottom. Continue until all the noodles are covered in sauce. Remove from heat. Garnish with sliced scallion.

Happy cooking!


The 2018 Jamaica Food and Drink Festival features be seven not-to-be-missed food events held in some of Kingston’s best locations. Hungry? For more information, check out the festival website, Facebook page and Instagram (@jafoodanddrink).

Be sure to check out Lorraine’s delicious cuisine at Chopstix on 24 October.





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