How to cook 'chow mein' noodles

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How to cook 'chow mein' noodles
Chow mein noodles are easy to make. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Chow mein is a Chinese dish made of stir-fried noodles. There are many ways to prepare chow mein noodles, depending on your personal tastes. You make chow mein with fried, flat noodles. Some restaurants use soft noodles and call the dish chow mein, but this is actually lo mein. Most chow mein recipes in America come with celery, cabbage and bean sprouts and are made with soy sauce to flavour the noodles. You can add different meats, such as chicken, beef, shrimp and pork, or just enjoy the chow mein noodles on their own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups sliced cabbage
  • 3 cups sliced celery
  • 1 can drained bean sprouts
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Wok or deep skillet
  • Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Pot

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  1. 1

    Add the oil, salt and pepper to the wok and heat on medium.

  2. 2

    Mix in the cabbage, celery, bean sprouts and sugar. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes.

  3. 3

    Add the chicken broth and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. 4

    Bring water to a boil while the vegetable mixture is cooking. Add the chow mein noodles and cook until soft. Drain the noodles and set them aside.

  5. 5

    Add the cornstarch, water and soy sauce to the vegetable mixture and stir so that the mixture thickens.

  6. 6

    Pour the vegetable mixture over the hot chow mein noodles and serve.

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