It brings me immense joy to cook for my loved ones. So every fall when Mrs. Pattis Magician and Ms. Pastry Chef's birthdays come along, I volunteer to cook them a Chinese dinner. And to my delight, they agree. They usually let me decide the menu but I still like to ask them for favorites to make sure those are included.
First up, lo mein. The long strands of noodles represent a long life. So do not cut them! Some companies even make an entire package with just one noodle strand. Impressive but that's really difficult to share. This version of lo mein is vegetarian using a variety of mushrooms like shiitake, enoki, chanterelle, and king oyster mushrooms. The sauce is mainly soy sauce and oyster sauce. You can use a mushroom based oyster sauce and eggless noodles to keep this vegan if your prefer. I went a bit overboard with the sauce and the dish came out a bit salty. Oops! I need to remember that people don't love salt as much as I do.
lunch for the following week. Dinners like these make me really happy. I'll definitely be hosting more often in the future. I still need to work on timing.