Monday, March 16, 2009

Moo Shu Chicken

Moo shu is essentially a stir fry, except that it's served in a pancake instead of over rice. Stir fries are quick, easy, healthy, and great for clearing out leftovers in the fridge. I had leftover shredded chicken and half a head of cabbage, so I decided to make moo shu out of it! I added a bag of bean sprouts and a carrot that I added mainly for color more than anything else. Oh, and a bit of wood ear since I had it lying around the house too. You can put whatever you like/have into yours and I'm sure it'll turn out great! Some other popular moo shu ingredients are scrambled egg, bamboo shoots, lily buds, bok choy, etc, but you should really just put what you like or what you have on hand. You can also replace the chicken with any (or no) protein you want.

And since stir fry is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of woks, I'm submitting this recipe to Joelen's Tasty Tools event. She's highlighting woks during the month of March. Check out her roundup to see what other goodies people have made using their woks!

  • 1 leftover chicken breast shredded
  • 1 bag of bean sprouts
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1/2 a head cabbage, cut into strips as if for coleslaw
  • 1 carrot julienned
  • a few wood ears also julienned
  • soy sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • tortillas (you can find mushu pancakes in the freezer section of asian stores, but tortillas work just fine)
  • hoisin sauce

1. Prep all your ingredients so that they're ready to go!
2. Heat your wok/pan until smoking hot, add a bit of oil and swirl it around. Then add the garlic.
3. Since the cabbage takes the longest to cook, add that in.
4. Next, add the carrots and wood ear.
5. Last, add the sprouts.
6. Add soy sauce and oyster sauce to taste.
7. Toss in the turkey last since it's already fully cooked (You'd want to cook this first, before any veggies if it was raw).
8. Make sure everything is heated through but the veggies still have a bit of crunch to them.
9. Smear a bit of hoisin sauce on your tortilla, add some of the filling, roll it up like a Chinese burrito and enjoy! You can garnish it with a bit of scallion sliced on the bias too.


Sara said...

I love moo shu chicken, it's one of my favorite things to order at chinese restaurants. I can't wait to try making it at home!

Anonymous said...

This looks good, I'm going to have to try this!

MaryBeth said...

I just love the name moo shu, it sounds so darn cute and your meal looks so darn yummy!!!

Reeni said...

I love cleaning out the fridge and seeing what I can create. This is better than anything I've ever come up with. It looks real delicious!!

mina said...

mmm... i just had breakfast an hour ago and this is making me hungry again!

stephchows said...

I LOVE LOVE moo shu anything. So good! And making it at home totally takes the guilt factor out of it!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great, healthy, quick meal!

Malar Gandhi said...

Lots of chicken varieties...I am a die hard fan of chicken. I am going to try ur jerk chicken today.

First time to ur site...its super cool, love it.

Su-Lin said...

You know, I've never ever ever ever had a moo shu chicken/pork dish. I've never seen it in a restaurant in London but did see it in Canada but for some reason I've never ordered it. Glad to know it's possible to make it at home! Yours look mighty tasty.