4 Easy Steps: Chow Mein

Chinese egg noodles are stir-fried with chicken, shrimp, and veggies in a simple Chow Mein dish. This is a traditional Chinese-style chow mein noodle dish.

Chow Mein (sometimes written chowmin) is a classic Chinese dish that is sure to please. Noodles, veggies, and a protein source like chicken, shrimp, steak, or pork make this dish.

The items are cooked with oil, garlic, soy sauce, and oyster sauce spices in a wok. Like Lo Mein, but without stir-fry, this meal has a distinct flavor. To make authentic Chinese noodle dishes, you must first choose the new components you’ll be using. Chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork are all excellent protein sources. Squid and scallops can also be used. Choose a single protein source or a combination of many.

To make this dish, you may use a variety of vegetables such as bean sprouts, napa cabbage or carrots, or scallion for garnishing. Cabbage, carrots, and scallions are some of my favorite food pairings. Oyster sauce, soy sauce, or a mixture of the two can be used as a seasoning sauce.

A skillet or a traditional Chinese wok are used to prepare noodles. First, prepare the noodles in a large skillet over high heat with oil, garlic, and the protein of your choice. After that, add the noodles’ seasoning sauce and sauté everything together in a wok.

There are many fresh and dried noodles available for purchase in stores. Thin and thick noodles are also available.

If you want homemade Chow Mein that tastes just like the kind you get from Chinese restaurants or delivery services, I suggest using fresh egg noodles cut into very thin ribbons.

Two different brands of fresh egg noodles are seen in the photo above.

The noodles are a different shade of brown, but otherwise, they are the same. Both noodles have eggs in them. Every strand of the noodle is coated in flour. Egg noodles in transparent plastic bags are found at Asian or Chinese grocery shops. Stores typically stock them on the noodle aisle.

If you’re using dry egg noodles, you’ll need to boil them first before stirring fried them according to the package directions.

Please read on for my most incredible chow mein recipe tips, methods, and secrets: Use cold water to rinse and raise fresh egg noodles before cooking. Remove the flour off the surface by doing so. Use a colander to drain the noodles completely dry. Make sure your noodles don’t get mushy by doing this.

Make the sauce by blending or processing all ingredients until they are entirely smooth. A well-seasoned Chinese wok and a pair of long wooden chopsticks are ideal for preparing Chinese noodles.

While you can stir-fry using a spatula, chopsticks are easier to loosen the noodles. This prevents the noodles from adhering together and forming a clump. Cooking oil should be used sparingly, so don’t be stingy. To get the most remarkable results, use my Perfect Stir-Frying Techniques.

It’s impossible to compare these two well-known Chinese noodle meals. Chow Mein is a type of noodle dish that is stir-fried, whereas Lo Mein is a type of noodle dish blended and tossed. Each serving of this dish contains just 428 calories. A main Chinese dish or side dishes go best with this dish. I offer the following recipe for a healthy and authentic Chinese restaurant-style supper at home:


  • Fresh or steamed chow mein noodles (226 grams).
  • a teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup clam chowder
  • a teaspoon of sugar
  • 0.5 tsp. of dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. of water

Additional Ingredients:

  • Cooking oil in the amount of 2 teaspoons
  • Minced garlic from three cloves
  • 2 ounces (56 grams) of chicken, thinly sliced
  • Shelled and deveined six medium-sized shrimp
  • Shredded cabbage: 1 cup
  • Shredded carrots: 1/4 cup
  • scallions in 2-inch slices from two stalks (5 cm)



  1. Before serving, give the noodles a good 5 minutes to soften in cold water. Rinse the noodles many times until they are mushy and the water is clear. Remove the pot from the sink and place it aside to dry. To avoid making the noodles mushy, don’t over-soak them in the water.
  2. Using a small bowl, combine all Chow Mein Sauce ingredients. Set away for a later time.
  3. Pour in the oil and heat it in a pan. Stir-fry the garlic until it is fragrant or turns a light brown color. Stir-fry the chicken and shrimp for two minutes— cook the shredded cabbage and carrots in oil placed in a large skillet. Serve with soy sauce-based noodle dishes like this one. Stir-fry the noodles in the soy sauce mixture until they are well-coated and tender.
  4. Stir in the scallions just before serving, and then dish up and serve immediately.
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