Chow mein is a popular Chinese dish consisting of stir-fried noodles, vegetables, and often some type of protein such as chicken, beef, or shrimp. Here’s a simple recipe for making chow mein at home:
- 8 ounces chow mein noodles (or any other Chinese egg noodles)
- 2 tablespoons oil (vegetable or peanut oil)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup sliced vegetables (such as bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, and bean sprouts)
- 8 ounces protein (chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu), sliced into thin strips
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped green onions (scallions) for garnish
- Cook the noodles: Boil a pot of water and cook the chow mein noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente (cooked but still firm). Drain and set aside.
- Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce (if using), sugar, salt, and pepper. Set the sauce aside.
- Stir-fry the ingredients: Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and sliced onion, and stir-fry for about 1-2 minutes until they become fragrant and slightly softened.
- Add the protein and vegetables: Add the protein (chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu) to the pan and stir-fry until it is cooked through. If you’re using shrimp, make sure they turn pink and opaque. Then, add the sliced vegetables and stir-fry for an additional 2-3 minutes until they are slightly tender.
- Add the noodles and sauce: Add the cooked chow mein noodles to the pan and pour the sauce over them. Toss everything together using tongs or a spatula, making sure the noodles and vegetables are evenly coated with the sauce. Continue stir-frying for another 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
- Serve: Transfer the chow mein to serving plates and garnish with chopped green onions (scallions) for added freshness and flavor.
Enjoy your homemade chow mein! You can customize this basic recipe by adding or substituting different vegetables or proteins according to your preference.