Asian shop full of claw games

Being Asian, we like to go eat dumplings or dim sum every now and then and go shopping at the Asian grocery stores. We tried out a new-to-us dumpling restaurant a couple days ago and went shopping to see what cute things we could find. We went into the store right next door the restaurant we were at and besides lots of so-cute Hello Kitty things, lots of cute stationery things and other Asian things, a good third of the shop was wall-to-wall arcade claw games – all the same outside but the toys on the inside were super cute. The picture above only shows a few of the games, but there were about 20 or so of these ‘games’ with the claw that comes down and you have to grab the prize. I thought it was pretty cool! Below is a collage of some of the toys inside the games. There was a picture posted on the Hello Kitty game – some guy spent $28 (in quarters!) to win one. 
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Chicken Lo Mein

Noodle dishes are a hit around our house anytime. Here’s a recipe for Lo Mein (soft noodles versus ‘Chow Mein’ which is usually the fried noodles, but a lot of times people use the terms interchangeably). Instead of cutting the chicken in 1/2 inch pieces, my mom taught me a different way – you shred cut the chicken. Take a chicken breast (best if it’s slightly frozen, or not all the way thawed out), slice it in about 1/4 slices, then slice those slices in strips. My mom, who was the most amazing cook ever, also taught me the trick with the cornstarch and soy sauce (step 1 in the recipe). I also add salt and pepper in that step. You’ll find that the cornstarch and seasoning marinade will make the chicken just amazingly tender and velvety.


Another tip – if you have an Asian grocery store near you, stop there to buy bulk garlic. Many times they will have packages of pre-peeled fresh garlic cloves that are ready to use. Very convenient and also a lot cheaper than at the regular grocery store. (Herbs such as basil (Thai) and mint are also a lot cheaper at the Asian store!)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb. fresh or dry lo mein noodles
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts separated, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups packed spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions

1. Mix cornstarch and soy sauce in a bowl. Add chicken; marinate for 5 minutes.
2. Boil the noodles in a large pot of salted water until al dente, about 5 minutes for fresh, 10 to 15 minutes for dried. Drain and transfer to a bowl filled with ice water. (It helps prevent the noodles from getting soft and sticky.) When theyre cold, drain and toss them with 1 Tbs. canola oil.
3. Meanwhile, heat 2-1/2 Tbsp. oil on high in a large pan. Stir-fry chicken until almost cooked through, about 6 minutes; remove. Add 1/2 Tbsp. more oil to pan; stir-fry ginger, scallion whites, and garlic until oil is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the noodles, chicken, and spinach and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallion greens if your child likes them.

From Parents.com’s article, Lunch Around the World Chicken Chow Mein