This chow mein noodle recipe is the perfect Chinese dish. It has different types of vegetables and a delicious umami sauce. It's so easy and simple to make, and will be ready in 20 minutes! Better than take-out!
Why you will love this recipe
This chow mein recipe is:
- Vegan friendly
- Gluten-free friendly
- Quick and easy to make
Ingredients to make this recipe
Noodles: You can use egg noodles, vegan noodles, or gluten-free noodles.
Carrots: Don't let the carrots cook too much to achieve a crunchy texture.
Cabbage: We've used two different types of cabbage, Chinese cabbage, and white cabbage. Feel free to use any kind you want.
Green onions: A staple ingredient in Asian dishes!
Garlic: What's a stir-fry without garlic? Garlic adds excellent taste to any stir-fry.
Mushrooms: Feel free to use any mushrooms you prefer.
Chow mein sauce: This sauce it's a combination of soy sauce (tamari), oyster sauce (or dark soy sauce), sesame oil, sugar, and chili sauce.
Olive oil: We've used olive oil to saute the vegetables, but you can use any cooking oil.
How to make this recipe
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Next, prepare the noodles according to the package instructions. While the noodles are soaking, cut all the vegetables and set them aside.
Heat a large wok over medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil. When hot, add the garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Then, add the carrots and saute for 3 minutes.
Next, add the cabbage, mushrooms, and green onions, and saute for 4 minutes, frequently stirring to prevent burning. Next, add the noodles and stir-fry to combine with the vegetables.
Finally, add the sauce, tossing continually. Serve in a plate or a bowl garnished with sesame seeds or chopped green onions.
Tips for making this recipe
- Prepare all the veggies ahead: Once you start the stir-frying process, this dish comes out very quickly, and if you take too long between steps, you might burn your ingredients. Ensure you prepare all the vegetables ahead, so they're ready to go when you need to throw them into the wok.
- Use a large wok to get the best results: If you use a wok that is too small, it won't be easy to toss all the ingredients together, and your vegetables won't cook as quickly as if you were stir-frying them on a larger one.
- You can add any types of veggies: Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand. Bell peppers or broccolis go very well with this recipe too.
- Rinse the noodles in cold water: Ensure you rinse your noodles in cold water after cooking them. It will keep them loose and stop the cooking process.
What is the difference between chow mein and lo mein?
The main difference between chow mein and lo mein is that chow mein noodles are soaked in boiling water before stir-frying, then, when added to a wok, the stir-frying process thoroughly cooks them. At the same time, lo mein noodles are boiled and thoroughly cooked before adding them to the veggies.
What kind of noodles are in chow mein?
Chow mein is traditionally made with egg noodles.
If you're a vegan or if you have a gluten-free diet, no worries, you can replace the egg noodles with vegan noodles, like rice noodles, and opt for gluten-free noodles to make this meal as healthy as possible!
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This chow mein noodle recipe is easy to make, and it's combined with a simple chow mein sauce. Will be ready in 20 minutes!
- 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- 2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce or dark soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp sugar
- Chili sauce to taste
Chow Mein Ingredients
- 7 oz egg, vegan or gluten-free noodles (200 g)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup julienned carrots (120 g)
- 5 green onions, chopped
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms (80 g)
- ½ cup roughly chopped bok choi
- ½ cup shredded white cabbage
- sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
- Into a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Prepare the noodles according to package directions.
- While the noodles are cooking, cut the vegetables and set them aside.
- Heat a large wok over medium-high heat and add the oil.
- Add the garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
- Next, add the carrots and saute for 3 minutes.
- Then add green onions, cabbage, and mushrooms and stir-fry for 4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender but crispy. Toss frequently to prevent burning.
- Add the noodles and combine them with the vegetables.
- Finally, add the sauce and toss to combine. Serve with sesame seeds or chopped green onions on top.
Ensure you prepare all the vegetables ahead, so they're ready to go when you need to throw them into the wok.
Use a large wok to get the best results. If you use a wok that is too small, it won't be easy to toss all the ingredients together, and your vegetables won't cook as quickly as if you were stir-frying them on a larger one.
You can add any types of veggies. Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand. Bell peppers or broccolis go very well with this recipe too.
Rinse the noodles in cold water. Make sure you rinse your noodles in cold water after cooking them. It will keep them loose and stop the cooking process.
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