Chow Mein seems to be a staple at Chinese Restaurants where it’s different versions of it are always on the menu. It’s a dish of fried noodles and can be made with just about any meat and/or veggies that you want.
In Hawaii we simply call it fried noodles and expect to find char shiu, Chinese barbequed pork, and Kamoboku, a Japanese fish cake. Both ingredients are readily found in our local grocery stores as is the noodles which can be purchase dry or fresh.
Chow Mein ingredients are so easy to find just about everywhere specially if you have an Asian supermarket by you. The first ingredients of course is the noodles and if you can’t find chow mein noodles you can actually use Ramen Noodles or even spaghetti!
As for the protein you can use beef, chicken, pork, seafood or the protein of you choice. Then you toss in veggies which can be anything from carrots to spinach, just be sure you add fresh cilantro that’s what really pulls everything together!
In my recipe for homemade Chow Mein, I use Char Shiu pork or chicken which I find at my local grocery store. If you can’t find it omit it or substitute a different protein such as chicken, shrimp, or a plant based one. I also use the Kamoboku fish cake mostly because I think it’s pretty, but again you can omit it. As for my veggies I buy a Chop Suey mix that has bean sprouts, shredded cabbage and carrots, you can easily make your own mix.
To give it that Asian flavor I use Sesame Oil, soy sauce, and Cilantro also called Chinese Parsley. That’s really all you need! Chow Mein can be served alone as a main dish or as a side dish.
So here’s my recipe, adjust it to fit your needs!
Easy Chow Mein
1 Package Noodles (chow mein, ramen, or even spaghetti)
1/2 Lb. Char Shiu Pork or Chicken ( omit or substitute with your choice of protein)
1 Package Kamoboku or fish cake (omit if you want)
1 Package Chop Suey Mix (bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots) or veggies of your choice
1 Onion Diced
2-3 Cloves Garlic minced
1 – 2 cups chicken broth
3 Tbs. Soy Sauce
1 Tbs. Sesame Oil
1 bunch Cilantro chopped
2-3 stalks green onions chopped
Heat Sesame oil in large wok or skillet
Add diced onions, stir until they start to turn translucent
Add garlic and cook until garlic starts to turn golden brown, do not burn
Add meats and veggies and stir until veggies start to soften
Stir in broth and noodles (use more broth if noodles are dry, less if noodles are fresh) cook until noodles are al dente and most of the broth has evaporated. Keep stirring so you don’t burn it.
Stir in soy sauce. Toss until everything is well combined.
Remove from heat and place in serving platter.
Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and green onions.
Serve right away.
Try not to have left overs as noodles do not keep well. If you have to store leftovers place in sealed container in fridge for no more than a day. To re-heat spread noodles out in a sheet pan and heat in the oven.