How to Cook 'Chow Mein' Noodles

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Chow mein noodles are easy to make.
Chow mein noodles are easy to make. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Chow mein is a Chinese dish made of stir-fried noodles. There are many ways to prepare chow mein noodles, depending on your personal tastes. You make chow mein with fried, flat noodles. Some restaurants use soft noodles and call the dish chow mein, but this is actually lo mein. Most chow mein recipes in America come with celery, cabbage and bean sprouts and are made with soy sauce to flavor the noodles. You can add different meats, such as chicken, beef, shrimp and pork, or just enjoy the chow mein noodles on their own.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups sliced cabbage
  • 3 cups sliced celery
  • 1 can drained bean sprouts
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Wok or deep skillet
  • Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Pot

Add the oil, salt and pepper to the wok and heat on medium.

Mix in the cabbage, celery, bean sprouts and sugar. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bring water to a boil while the vegetable mixture is cooking. Add the chow mein noodles and cook until soft. Drain the noodles and set them aside.

Add the cornstarch, water and soy sauce to the vegetable mixture and stir so that the mixture thickens.

Pour the vegetable mixture over the hot chow mein noodles and serve.

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References

  • “Williams-Sonoma: Food Made Fast Asian (Food Made Fast)”; Farina Wong Kingsley; 2007
  • “The Everything Chinese Cookbook: From Wonton Soup to Sweet and Sour Chicken-300 Succulent Recipes from the Far East (Everything Series)”; Rhonda Lauret Parkinson; 2003
  • “Chopsticks, Cleaver, and Wok: Homestyle Chinese Cooking”; Jennie Low; 1997
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