Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles) Recipe
August 19th, 2008 95 Comments

Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles) Recipe

Chinese Recipe: Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)
Chinese Recipe: Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles) pictures (3 of 5)

Chow Mein is the most popular recipe on Rasa Malaysia. This Chow Mein recipe was originally published on August 19, 2008. Updated with new photos. Popular and All-Time Favorite Chinese recipesBroccoli Beef, Sweet and Sour Pork, Egg Drop Soup, Kung Pao Chicken, Cashew Chicken, Fried Rice, Orange Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and more.

Chinese invented the noodles and changed the way we eat, that’s not an overstatement. As a Chinese, noodles and rice are something I can’t do without. I use Chinese noodles a lot in everyday cooking and can’t even begin to think how my culinary experiences would have been, if noodles were never invented.

Chinese noodles are versatile and there are so many ways to prepare them—stir-fry, pan-fry, boil, blanch, soup, gravy, or dry. I could never get bored of noodles. It’s one of the easiest foods to prepare at home, and the end results are always satisfying.

Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)

One of the most popular Chinese noodles in the US is chow mein or literally “fried noodles” (炒面) in Cantonese dialect. Chow mein is also a favorite Chinese take-out item. Some shredded vegetables, some protein–either chicken, pork, beef, seafood, or combination—and you will have a perfect chow mein that is cheap, filling, and sinfully gratifying. Yeah, I am talking about that grease at the bottom of the chow mein.

Making chow mein or any Chinese noodles at home doesn’t have to be complicated, if you know which noodles to buy (which according to many non-Asians, it’s the toughest part of it all). I have to say that the varieties of Chinese noodles available in the market are rather overwhelming; however, if you narrow down your selection, things would get a lot easier—and manageable. So, let’s start with chow mein, which is also the name used for fresh noodles.

I did some research over the weekend and found that there are two kinds of chow mein sold at the market: 1) steamed chow mein (pictured below), and 2) pan-fried chow mein. They are practically the same Chinese noodles, but the latter tends to be dryer and hence it’s for pan-fried purposes. I prefer steamed chow mein.

Steamed Chow Mein

Now that you have narrowed down your Chinese noodles selection, the cooking process is really easy. In Asia, chow mein are mostly cooked with bean sprouts, but I noticed that fried noodles served at Chinese restaurants in the US usually come with shredded cabbages and carrot, which are great, too.

For the protein, you can use any meat or seafood or any combination of your choice. Chicken chow mein is always safe with most people, but combination is always pleasing and exciting.

Try my chow mein recipe and I bet you will become a Chinese noodles expert in no time.

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  1. Bev Lamont says:

    Is there a substitute for oyster sauce? I have unfortunately developed an intolerance for it, so I feel ill after I eat anything that has it as an ingredient.

  2. Barbara says:

    Great recipes! Have tried many times to cook Asian food with inconsistent results. Found your website by accident 3 days ago and am on my third dish. Great flavors, simple cooking method. Thank you so very much. Added bonus: my kids like it, too!

  3. neil says:

    please send me your recipes on my email address. haven’t had a chance to try anything because i just started to learn computer. thank you.

  4. rosemary says:

    Find it impossible to find a really good Chinese restaurant in my town. Also have not found a good prepared Chinese food in supermarket. Looking forward to trying at home.

  5. Brandon M says:

    It is rearry good! I ruv chow mein! When I order two number B I arways enjoy my chow mein. Ruv Chinese foo!!!

  6. Rich Akasaka says:

    How many servings does your chow mein recipe make? I’m planning on trying it out for my mom’s 65th birthday party and there will be about 30 people there.

  7. Mike Delepine says:

    I’ve been following you for at least a year and never been disappointed with your great cooking style. The only other person to come close to you is Chef John.

  8. Donna k Foley says:

    I am going to try these recipes, hope all works out.

  9. Richard says:

    when you say steam noodles do you actually steam them can you boil them

    • Molida says:

      Richard, I’ve seen refrigerated “steamed” chow mein noodles that you just dip in boiling water for 1 or 2 minutes at asian grocery stores.

  10. Quinn says:

    Hey, Bee, which ones are the seasoning ingredients?

  11. Corbet says:

    Hi Miss Malaysia, thank you for sharing your work with us all. I done your sweet and sour yesterday, was great and now i`v just finished two bowls of your Chow-Mein ` fantastic` the local takeaway is no where near as good so i suppose i`ll not be going back now. Its so easy. I`v just started cooking Asian food a few month and wished i`d done this years ago. Really excited about what i`am going to try next.

    I did not have any Shrimp,Cabbage or Scallions at hand so i added disced red and green Bell Peppers,Bean-spouts,Shallots and Petits Pois.

    Sitting amazed at watching my son eat his dinner without complaint, he`s a very fussy eater when it comes to vegetables, so a big thank you from our family.

    God bless and take care


  12. Albert Martinez says:

    Dear Miss malayasia, I have brousse some of you dishes and so far they look great. I’m sorry to say that in trying to sign up things got messed up and now I can’t do anything. How do I unsign up so I can ty again. Please help, I’m not computer litterit. Thank you, Beto

  13. Diyana says:

    Hi, may I just ask…the recipe is for how many ppl to eat?
    Apologies as I’m not sure how to measure, i’m a newly wed newbie at cooking

  14. Amazing recipes !
    Thank you :”>

  15. Jacqueline Semprie says:

    Just made this dish and it is so delicious,did not have pork so I added Chinese pork sausages. DELISH

  16. Shivangi says:

    Hi Malaysia,

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try it and let you know about my experience.

  17. Brenda says:

    8 oz of noodle – can you let me know in “gram”? Thks

  18. Nithya says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.. Will try the vegetarian version and let you know the results..

  19. Steven says:

    My wife is a great cook and the other night she attempted to make chicken chow mein which turned out okay but we were both a little disappointed with the outcome. I just happened to come across your website and have a quick question to ask. Instead of pork, can one use chicken instead? If so, then this would allow us to alternate each time we wanted to make the recipe. From all the comments I have read it sounds like this recipe is a keeper!

  20. zach says:

    hi Ms. Malaysia Im so in love with chinese cooking i want to open my own restaurant here in cleveland, ohio do i hire a cook and were do i look for help any advice will be helpful thank you.

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  22. Jazzy says:

    I was just wandering…. when you say add stir fry, what exactly do you mean?

  23. I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. Instead of using pork, I used elk meat (our family hunts) and everything turned out yummy.

    I’d say it would feed 4 people comfortably.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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