Sub Gum Chow Mein.
Back in the beginning of time, when I was installing a computer system in a Chinese Restaurant, one of the items on the menu was Sub Gum Chow Mein.
I knew it was a Chinese American dish, rather than a Chinese dish and it appeared to be whatever kind of meat or seafood was chosen with copius amounts of celery.
Whatever the origins, I loved it.
And when I found myself with a large bunch of celery in the fridge with no plans, visions of a big plate of Sub Gum came to mind.
Okay, a normal-size plate…. But you get the idea.
And I didn’t use quite as much celery as the restaurant did – needed to get the other veggies in.
Stir-Fried Pork with Celery
Total time: 25 minutes;
- 12oz (360gr) pork tenderloin, cut into small pieces
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs ginger, minced
- 2 ribs celery, sliced
- 2 carrot, julienned
- 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 tbs sherry (optional)
- 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs soy sauce plus 1 tbs water
- Basmati Rice
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking brown rice
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onion, mushrooms, to skillet and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
- Add garlic, ginger and stir-fry another 2 minutes.
- Remove onions/garlic from pan and set aside.
- Add sesame oil, soy sauce to pan and heat.
- Add pork and stir-fry 3 – 5 minutes, until golden.
- Remove and put with onions.
- Add carrots, celery, to skillet and stir-fry 5 minutes.
- Return pork, onions, mushrooms, garlic and ginger to pan.
- Add chicken stock, sherry and bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened.
- Serve over rice, adding more soy sauce if desired, according to taste.
- Basmati Rice
- Cook rice according to package instructions. Fluff and serve.
As much as I love living in Europe, and, especially France, there is one thing I just can’t wrap my mind around: the treatment of pets.
Not by everyone and not all pets, of course, but the attitude is different.
When we lived in Andorra it was common for pets to be brought into the country and abandoned because it was well-known that Andorra would take care of them and not euthanize them. That was how our Sedi came to live with us.
But, still…. They were abandoned.
I once saw a bitch with a litter of puppies in the center of a mountain road in Spain. I still have nightmares about that.
We have two hunting dogs that were abandoned near us last week.
We saw one of them Thursday night and checked for tags. There weren’t any.
We assumed it was just a farm dog out for an evening stroll.
The next morning it was at our neighbors’ house… with a friend.
They’re still there.
I’m assuming they were dropped off here and are waiting for their humans to come back and get them.
It’s been four days.
Our neighbor has been trying to find someone to do something but no one cares. There is no animal control, the local farmers don’t want them, the mayor says just to ignore them.
We already have two dogs and they have one.
And of course, this all happens on the weekend when everything is closed.
Tomorrow, hopefully, we can find a shelter that will take care of them. Our neighbor thinks there might be one near Bergerac…..
Now I’m going to go give my dogs a nice cuddle.
So I feel better…..