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Sybil’s Bakery Special Recipe

We at New American Economy are so excited to have Amanda Bernard joining us Tuesday, April 7, for a very special and exclusive cooking demo on our Instagram Live!

Amanda is the daughter of Ken Bernard, the owner of Sybil’s Bakery in Queens, New York. You can learn more about the original Sybil, Amanda’s grandmother, here, and more about Ken and the bakery here and here!

Now, before we get to the recipe, a little blurb from Amanda: “Guyanese style Chow Mein is a staple food in our country. Although most of the Chinese have left Guyana, their mark on the cuisine is permanent.”

Sybil’s Bakery’s Chow Mein Ingredients:

  • 1-2 stalks bok choy or 1 cup cabbage, cut into strips
  • 1 cup pre-shredded or julienned carrots
  • 10-12 Chinese long beans (bora bean)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 stems scallion, sliced
  • 12oz package dried chow mein noodles
  • water for boiling
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil + 1 tsp salt for water
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Sybil’s Bakery’s Chow Mein Recipe:

  1. Prep vegetables, grate fresh ginger, and set aside.
  2. Bring large pot of water to a boil with salt and oil. Add chow mein noodles, cook according to package directions.
  3. Drain noodles in colander, rinse immediately with cold water. 
  4. Season noodles with sesame oil, black pepper, Chinese five spice, garlic powder, and salt. Set aside..
  5. Cook vegetables in a heavy-bottom pot or wok, add soy sauce, sesame oil, water, oyster sauce, Casareep or chow mein sauce grated ginger, and pepper let simmer for 30 seconds. Add vegetables and cook but not for long or else they will get soggy. 
  6. Turn heat off, add seasoned chow mein noodles to pot with vegetables. 
  7. Add scallions and mix thoroughly. Add Oyster sauce and salt, Adjust to taste ad color.
  8. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, water, oyster sauce, grated ginger, let simmer for 30 seconds.
  9. Add the vegetables and reserve scallions.
  10. This will cook quickly so keep it moving around in the pot for 3-4 minutes
  11. Add the seasoned noodles a little bit at a time.
  12. Mix to combine and add scallions.
  13. Option: Add wiri pepper, scotch bonnet, or pepper sauce on the side

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