Soy Sauce Chow Mein
Soy Sauce Chow Mein – the best and easiest homemade soy sauce chow mein just like Chinese restaurants, healthier, less grease and MUCH better than takeout
I love Cantonese dim sum and every time I go dim sum, other than the dainty little dumplings and soft fluffy steamed buns, I always order a plate of supreme soy sauce chow mein, or 豉油皇炒面. Supreme soy sauce chow mein is basically plain fried egg noodles seasoned with soy sauce. The greasy, glistening, brown-colored fried noodle dish is the epitome of Cantonese cooking: the simplest ingredients, perfect breadth of wok or wok hei, and the timing of wok cooking. A great supreme soy sauce chow mein can be very addictive and utterly scrumptious, no less than the flavorful and delicate dim sum. It’s a plate of savory, toasty (from the perfect wok hei), and greasy goodness! I can’t stop eating it and always want more.
For this supreme soy sauce chow mein recipe, it’s important to use a pair of long chopsticks to “stir fry” the noodles as they are more versatile than spatula; the motion of tossing the noodles with the chopsticks will loosen up the noodles so they don’t clump together. As a result, your noodles will be perfectly blended with the soy sauce seasonings, every strand of the noodle lustrously coated with the oil, and the bean sprouts and yellow chives will be perfectly cooked and remain fresh and crunchy. So there you have it, the secret technique of making it Chinese restaurant worthy.
Supreme Soy Sauce Chow Mein
Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Serving: 2 people
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon dark soy sauce, optional, for coloring purpose
1/2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine, optional
3 dashes white pepper pepper
Rinse and soak the noodles in the water, per the package instructions. Drained and set aside. Mix all the ingredients in Seasonings in a small bowl. Stir to combine well.
Heat up a wok on high heat. When the wok is fully heated, add the oil into the wok. Wait for the oil to be heated.
Loosen the noodles and add them into the wok, use a pair of long chopsticks to stir and toss the noodles. Add the Seasonings into the wok, and use the chopsticks to combine well with the noodles. Continue to toss and loosen the noodles with the chopsticks. Add the bean sprouts and yellow chives into the wok, and stir to combine well. As soon as the bean sprouts and chives are cooked (but remained crunchy), turn off the heat, dish out and top the noodles with some white sesame seeds. Serve immediately.