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Easy chow mein for kids


Adult’s job: Place the dried noodles in a heatproof bowl and add boiling water from the kettle. They will take approximately five minutes to cook and this is fun for children to watch but be careful of the hot water. When the noodles are cooked, drain them in a sieve and rinse the noodles under cold water.

2. Kid’s job: Peel and grate the carrot. This can be done by kids but be cautious using graters and peelers as they can be very sharp. Kids can chop any other vegetables you want to include. Everything should be sliced thinly if possible.

3. Kid’s job: In a small bowl mix together the soy, honey, ketchup and lemon juice. Have a taste – it should be tangy but sweet. You can add a little more of the ingredients as needed.

4. Adult’s job: Heat a large frying pan or wok and add the oil. Add the garlic and stir fry for a few seconds, then add the grated carrots, spring onions and the beans or peas (either raw or from frozen) as well as any other raw veg or cooked meats you want to add.


200g/7oz dried egg noodles (or rice or soba noodles)

1 large carrot

2 spring onions

50g/1¾oz green beans, peas or mangetout (fresh or frozen)

handful beansprouts, cabbage leaves, sliced pepper, broccoli florets or
mushrooms (optional)

2 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped by an adult or crushed in a garlic press

handful shredded cooked meat, prawns or tofu (optional)

1 tbsp soy sauce (low-salt version if possible)

2 tsp honey

1 tsp tomato ketchup

half a lemon, juice only

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