What Noodles Do I Use For Chow Mein?

Chow Mein sauce is made with sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and cornstarch. I like to use refrigerated yakisoba noodles to make chow mein, but you can use dried chow mein noodles, lo mein, or spaghetti noodles.

A homemade version of your favorite take-out dish, vegetarian style or add the protein of your choice, delicious Chow Mein is ready in just 15 minutes and is always a crowd favorite.

This really is one of my favorite take-out dishes ever. Yep, that’s quicker than it would take to order takeout, but did you know it’s so easy to make at home that you can really make this from start to finish in 15 minutes?

This recipe yields Chow Mein of restaurant-quality, in addition to being quick. The fact that this dish is easily customizable is another great quality that will make it a family favorite.

The BEST Chow Mein Sauce:

Combine soy sauce, light sesame oil, oyster sauce, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and chicken broth to make the distinctive sweet and savory sauce that gives chow mein the flavor it’s known for.

Ingredients for Chow Mein:

  • Chow Mein Noodles: Chow mein noodles are made with wheat and egg. They are very similar to Italian pasta noodles and have a wonderful bite to them. Most grocery stores carry dry chow mein noodles in the Asian aisle. But, if you are lucky, you will find pre-cooked chow mein noodles in the refrigerated section that can be thrown straight into your pan.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, cabbage, green onions, and bean sprouts are the perfect combination of veggies to use for chow mein. However, they can easily be replaced with other veggies like bok choy, celery, broccoli, spinach, kale or baby corn. Feel free to get creative and use what you like or whatever you have hanging around in your fridge!
  • Meats: Great quality chicken breasts are your best bet for slicing into chow mein-ready strips. If you like, feel free to swap chicken out for beef, shrimp or pork.
    • Hot tip: If you are serving vegetarians as well, use vegetable broth and reserve some of your noodles to combine with the cubes of baked tofu.
  • Chow Mein

    Chow Mein is my favorite noodle dish, but I’m afraid I’ve already said that in another recipe (or two… or three… ).

    However, Chow Mein is right up there, and it’s not just because it’s mouthwateringly delicious:

  • Tons of hidden veggies– cabbage, carrot and bean sprouts, all in “noodle shapes” so they just meld right in there with the noodles so you have no idea how much you’re actually consuming (it’s like feeding a child);
  • Faster to make that home delivery – 15 minutes from start to finish;
  • Versatile– as all stir fries are. Switch the proteins and veg as you please;
  • Charlie – Chow Mein Sauce can be made from scratch, or using Charlie, my all purpose Stir Fry Sauce that I always have on hand. Yes, I named him because I love him so much.
  • What Noodles Do I Use For Chow Mein?


    What kind of noodles are used in chow mein?

    Chow mein and lo mein dishes are both made with Chinese egg noodles, which are wheat flour noodles with added egg, despite their differences. Chow mein can be made with either fresh or dried egg noodles, unlike lo mein which calls for fresh egg noodles.

    Can you use regular noodles for chow mein?

    The following are the ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Chow Mein: Chow Mein Noodles – You’ll need about a half pound of chow mein noodles, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute thin spaghetti.

    Are chow mein noodles the same as stir fry noodles?

    Although they are both Chinese in origin and made with egg noodles (along with a combination of vegetables and occasionally meat or seafood), the similarities between these two noodle dishes end there. Chow mein, or chāu-mèn, translates to stir-fried noodles.

    What is the best type of chow mein?

    Top 20 Varieties of Chow Mein You Must Try
    • 1 Chicken Chow Mein. A common variation of Chow mein made with wheat noodles is chicken Chow mein.
    • 2 Pan Fried Noodles. …
    • 3 Sichuan Noodles. …
    • 4 Noodles with Meat Sauce. …
    • 5 Drunken Noodles. …
    • 6 Liangpi. …
    • 7 Ulmyeon. …
    • 8 Calamari Lemon Noodles.

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