Jody’s Family Chow Mein (Thermomix Method Included)


Family Chow Mein

The reason this is called Jody’s family Chow Mein is because Jody made this for me when we lived together (she has since married and I’m sure she makes it all the time for her hubby) It really is just savoury mince with curry in it… you know its is like curried prawns or curried chicken, well this is just curry mince. not sure why Australians do it, but we do…it is our way, to bastardise other cultures foods like this..!

Anyway this is quite nice and great to have in the freezer for one of those quick meals. It is a fantastic one pot meal that’s great to have handy when I don’t feel like cooking (cause that never happens). The recipe says to put “Chang’s Asian Noodles” on the top, but I actually love it with a packet of organic corn chips and sit in front of the TV and scoop it up (usually I’m wearing my track dacks as well) LOL! So not something you would make for dinner guest, but great recipe where you can really throw anything into one pot, let it cook and eat!

Family Chow Mein


This recipe feeds 6 people. I would recommend doubling the recipe and putting it in the freezer as it is a great meal to get out and reheat.

2 Onions

1 Clove Garlic

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (20g)

1 Red Capsicum

2 Carrots

1/2 Cabbage (250g)

1 Small Sweet Potato (150g)

Zucchini (200g)

2 Teaspoons Beef Stock Powder (2 Tablespoons TM Paste)

500ml (g) Water

40g Rice

5 Teaspoons of Curry Powder (20g)

1kg of Mince

Salt and Pepper to taste.


1. Place oil into a large pot, add onions and sauté until translucent, add minced garlic and stir.

2. Add mince and brown, making sure you break it up into small pieces as it browns.

3. Add chopped carrot, cabbage, sweet potato, chopped zucchini or any other vegetable you like really (I added a handful of frozen peas and a half a can of corn I had in the fridge to this one).

4. Add stock powder water and rice, cover pot and let simmer for 45 minutes – 1 hour to let all the flavours enhance the mince. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.

5. Serve with Chang’s Noodles or if your like me, Corn chips! 🙂



This recipe was made in the TM31, but can be made in the TM5 on manual.

1. Place garlic an halved onion into mixing bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 7, scrape down the sides of the bowl.

2. Add oil and sauté 3 minutes/Varoma/speed 1.

3. Add roughly chopped vegetables and chop (using the spatula to move vegetables around) 15 seconds, speed 5.

4. Add Butterfly and secure into place.

Family Chow Mein

It is pretty full, but remember we are making as much as the bowl can handle!

5. Add stock paste, water, rice, curry powder, hand chopped capsicum and half the mince to the mixing bowl, add the other half to the bottom of the Varoma and cook 35 minutes/Varoma/reverse/speed 2.

Family Chow Mein

If you want to you can cook an extra kg of meat in the Varoma… but this is just 500g as the other 500g is in the bowl, and you may have to cook it a bit longer.

6. When finished, break up mince that is in the top of the Varoma and stir in mince that is in the mixing bowl. This gives it a much better texture for eating.

Family Chow Mein

breaking up the meat that has been cooked in the Varoma.

7. Serve with Chang’s Noodles or if your like me, Corn chips! 🙂

This is a great budget recipe that I hope you and your family enjoy! You can substitute any vegetables you like as it really is a one pot easy meal. This is also great for using up all those second hand vegetables that you need to make stock out of, well add some mince and curry and you have a great meal!

Family Chow Mein

It’s not really pretty, but its tasty!

What is your favourite one pot meal? How do you get extra vegetables into your family?

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz xx

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I have been cooking since I can remember. I am a Thermomix consultant, so now (whenever possible) try to give you Conventional AND Thermomix methods for the recipes. I like to share tips on how to save money and how making food from scratch isn't really that hard (especially with a Thermomix). If you have any questions about the Thermomix or cooking/food in general please email me as I'm happy to chat.
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  1. Jody

    I love Chow Mein, I am a bit of a traditionalist with this one and prefer it made on the stove. Great to pop in the Freezer for ‘instant dinner’ as well. x

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes it does come out a bit different in the Thermi and you can make a bigger batch on the stove…. but good for those who love to just make things in there Thermomix as well 🙂 Liz xxx

  2. Anna @

    Oh, will have to have a crack at this recipe. Love me a one pot wonder. Big fan of paella for my one pot meal, tastes fabulous and presents amazingly too. 🙂 And I get the veggies in by finely slicing or blitzing them, almost tricks everyone into thinking they are not actually there.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      I have never made a Paella… I know bad 🙂 but I don’t have the pan, I suppose I just wanted to do it right the first time I made it! I’m sure the the paella, may taste better than this, but I love that I can just throw everything in, shove in a bit of curry and leave it to cook! Liz xxx

  3. Sonya

    Good idea! Ta.


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