When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Stir-Fry Pasta

A unique combination pasta dish where East meets West! Kids will love the curly pasta and just maybe you can get them to eat the seafood!

1/2 package Rotini pasta (8 oz.)
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt for boiling the pasta
6 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breast (1/2 small breast)
4 oz. small size raw shrimp
4 oz. baby scallops
4 stalks medium size bok choy cabbage (approx. ½ pound)
½ small yellow onion
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce (sold in the Asian section of most supermarkets)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt

Slice the half chicken breast lengthwise in half then crosswise cut into ¼-inch thin pieces. Peel, de-vein and rinse shrimp. Rinse scallops. In a bowl, combine the chicken, shrimp and scallops with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. Wash bok choy cabbage and cut the stalks crosswise into ½-inch pieces. Slice onion in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into ¼-inch thin strips.

To Cook:
In a medium size pot, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and salt. Boil the pasta and stir occasionally for approximately 7 minutes. While the pasta is boiling, heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add the marinated chicken, shrimp and scallops into wok. Cook and stir for approximately 2 minutes until the chicken, shrimp and scallops are almost cooked through. Add bok choy cabbage and stir-fry for another minute. Drain the cooked pasta and add to wok. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, pure sesame oil and sugar. Stir-fry for 2 minutes longer until the pasta absorbs all of the sauce. Serve hot.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: Total 14 minutes

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