DH tells the story of when he first went to university clutching a copy of Grub on a Grant, not knowing how to cook. University suited him well, as did the cooking: his divine peanut chicken thing won me over on our first Valentine’s together and I always get quite sentimental when he cooks it. But it is the Simple Chicken Chop Suey recipe that he first mastered, primarily I presume because one of the ingredients is his condiment-of-choice: Tomato Ketchup.
It’s such a simple recipe, it sticks in the mind long after the book (and University Grants for that matter) has left the building. The key to the sauce is three things:
- soy sauce
in equal measure. Got it? I’ll ask questions later.
And so, to make quick and easy chop suey, take a packet of instant noodles and cook according to the instructions (I used Supernoodles and left out the sauce.) Meanwhile, finely chop 1/2 red pepper, a handful of green beans and a small onion. Fry together in a pan for a few minutes then add a handful of frozen peas and a handful of cooked chicken, finely chopped.
Add 1 tbsp each of the three key ingredients and stir. Pour over the cooked drained noodles and mix well. Serve with a smile.