Goose Heart Lo Mein
Lo Mein is a favorite Chinese take-out dish, and Goose Heart Lo Mein will become one of your favorites to make at home because it’s quick, easy, and you can customize it with whatever game you have in your freezer. Go heavy with your veggies and add heart strips of any kind, venison steak or grinds, goose or duck meat, boar, or any game meat you have. I developed this with goose heart, because I wanted a dish that was big on flavor, but used very little meat; just 5 Canada Goose Hearts.
I am the type of hunter who tries to save every usable portion of my game. I always save the livers from my geese, but it had not occurred to me to save the hearts till my friend Allan Ellis, owner and editor of Maryland Hunting Quarterly magazine, gave me inspiration in a duck blind conversation last season. Conversations in the blind are the best inspiration for creativity, and as Allan told me of all the delicious dishes he makes from his goose hearts, I was on a mission!
Goose Heart Lo Mein
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili sauce
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, julienned
¼ cup shredded carrots
½ cup young peas or snow peas
2 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 – 10 Goose Hearts trimmed of fat and tough valves (basically trim off anything white), cut across the grain into thin strips & seasoned with salt & pepper
½ pound lo mein, cooked according to package directions and drained well
1 tablespoon chopped parsley (optional-not traditional, but I like it as garnish)
- In a small bowl, make the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and chili sauce. Set aside.
- Heat your wok on high heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact.
- Add the peanut or canola oil and swirl to coat the wok.
- Add the garlic, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and carrots to the wok, and stir-fry for 5 minutes, tossing often till they begin to soften.
- Move the vegetables to t side of the wok
- Add the heart strips to the center of the wok & quickly stir fry till just cooked / rare
- Add the peas and scallions, and stir-fry for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the lo mein and the sauce mixture to the wok. Toss everything together to combine, and turn off the heat.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley
Serve immediately & enjoy!
Tip: If you don’t have lo mein noodles, you can use fettuccine, spaghetti, or even soba noodles.