A thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 - 1 fresh chile, to your taste
1 large skinless chicken breast fillet, preferably free-range or organic
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
A small bunch of fresh cilantro
1 bok choy
4 shiitake mushrooms (optional)
4 oz (2 bundles soft Chinese noodles)
Peanut or vegetable oil
1 heaped tsp cornstarch
1 (8 oz) can of water chestnuts
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
1 small lime
Put a large pan of water on to boil. Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic. Finely slice the chile. Slice the chicken into finger-sized strips and lightly season with salt and pepper. Cut the ends of your scallions and finely slice. Halve the bok choy lengthwise. If using the mushrooms, either tear into pieces or leave whole.
Preheat a wok or a large frying pan on high heat and once it’s very, very hot, add a good lug of peanut oil and swirl it around. Stir in the chicken strips and cook for a couple of minutes, until the chicken browns slightly. Add the ginger, chile, cilantro stalks, mushrooms (if using) and half the scallions. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, keeping everything moving around the wok quickly. Add your noodles and bok choy to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, no longer. Meanwhile add the cornstarch, water chestnuts, and their water to the wok and give it another good shake to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Halve the lime, squeeze the juice of one half into the pan and mix well. Drain the noodles and bok choy in a colander over a bowl, reserving a little of the cooking water. Stir in the noodles and bok choy, with a little of the cooking water to loosen if necessary, and mix well. Have a taste and season with more soy sauce if needed.
To serve, use tongs to divide everything between 2 bowls or plates, or lift on to 1 large serving platter. Spoon any juices over the top and sprinkle with the rest of the scallions and the cilantro leaves. Serve with lime wedges.
From JAMIE'S AMERICA by JAMIE OLIVER. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.