Chow Mein Recipe

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Chow Mein is quite possibly my favorite Chinese noodle dish. If you are not familiar with Chow Mein it is a stir fry dish with noodles, lots of vegetables and a delicious sauce. There are a couple different types of chow Mein; one with soft noodles and one with crispy noodles. This version is with the soft noodles, which is closer to the original Chinese version of the dish. Chow Mein is served at many take-out places and restaurants within the United States. This recipe calls for ‘Chow Mein noodles’, you should be able to find them at any Asian market or the Asian sections at your local grocery store. If you don’t have any luck finding them thin egg noodles would work as well. You can basically add the vegetables to your taste. I used cabbage, carrots, onions, mushrooms, celery and bean sprouts. For the meat I used pork but chicken or shrimp would be great as well. There’s not a lot of work to this recipe, the prep work takes a little time but that’s about it. Enjoy.
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1.5lb boneless pork chops (sliced thinly into strips)
4 garlic cloves (minced)
1 (12 oz) package chow mein noodles
1 cup fresh bean sprouts (or canned)
2 large celery stalks (sliced)
1 medium onion (sliced)
1 (12oz) package fresh sliced mushrooms
4 cups fresh cabbage and carrot mix
2 green onions (sliced)
½ cup chicken broth
4 tablespoon oyster sauce
4 teaspoons soy sauce
salt and pepper (to taste)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
oil (for frying)

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: Cook the chow Mein noodles according the package directions. Meanwhile, add a little bit of oil to the wok. Add pork strips and garlic and stir fry until fully cooked. Remove from the wok and set aside.
Step 2: Add a little more oil. Add all of the vegetables expect the green onion to the wok. Stir fry until the vegetables are as tender as you like them.
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Step 3: Push the vegetables to the side creating a well In the middle of the wok. One by one add chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well. Bring to a slow boil. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a little bit of cold water. While stirring pour cornstarch/water mixture into the sauce. Return pork to the wok. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Mix the vegetables mixture with the chow Mein noodles in a large bowl. Top with sliced green onions. Serve.


8 Responses to “Chow Mein Recipe”

  1. Ivy — October 11, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

    Bobby, when can I come for dinner?

  2. Cindy at Muse in the Kitchen — October 19, 2008 @ 8:21 am

    Oh that looks so good! I love chow mein but I never think to make it myself. I’m bookmarking this page and am going to have to give it a try! Thanks!

  3. marilyn pimentel — January 29, 2009 @ 4:07 am

    I am vegetarian so i am planning on using seitan in place of the pork.But you sure make that pork look so yummy!Thank you for sharing this recipy.Peace,Love,and Light to you.

  4. Sonia — February 21, 2009 @ 4:48 am

    nicely done! Thanks a lot for the recipe. There are so many versions on the net, but I like this one probably the best, with chicken of course. 🙂

  5. Lilly — April 16, 2009 @ 7:46 am

    Oh this is lovely! I love chow main too! Thanx for posting a great looking recipe 🙂 although i will be using tofu instead of pork.

  6. Mary — May 16, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

    I was hungry and didn’t feel like leaving my house, so I googled chow mein recipes and after reviewing about 10 recipes or so, I decided on this one – and no regrets. I only had baby corn, chicken, onion, and the chow mein noodles (plus all the sauces) and it still turned out way tasty delicious. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. Srila — June 24, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    Just wonderful! It is easy to cook and delicious to eat. Thanks a lot for this recipe.

  8. Rose R. — July 22, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    This is exactly the same kind of chow main I always order at a restaurant I pay $7 for a bowl, now I can make this myself and save money. Thank you so much for this recipe and especially the pictures which will make this so easy.

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