Fresh chow mein at home is delicious and easy. Well, technically this is Lo Mein, but most people will consider it Chow Mein. I make this all the time for my family, and sometimes (like today), it’s what we are eating for lunch. This recipe is made without meat, so it can go easily with any other stir fry dishes.
Vegetable Chow Mein Recipe
- 1 Tbl oil
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 bunch sliced green onions
- 1 lb fresh steamed thin chow mein noodles*
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1/4 cup lo mein sauce
*Note: Fresh steamed chow mein is only partially cooked and can be found in the refrigerated section at most Asian markets. If you can’t find fresh chow mein noodles, then use the dried noodles by cooking them first and remove about 1 minute before the package directions. Drain them and rinse with cold water. If using fully cooked noodles, reduce the chicken broth to 1/4 cup.
*Vegetarian? Not as is, just replace the Lo Mein sauce with a vegetarian version.
In a large colander, run hot water through the steamed chow mein for about 30 seconds, separating the noodles and removing the excess flour. Set aside.
In large wok or pan, heat oil and add green onions, cabbage and carrots. Stir fry for about 2-4 minutes, or until the cabbage is wilted.
Add the chow mein noodles and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Cook stirring and tossing constantly for about 30 seconds and then add the remaining chicken broth. Cook for another minute or so or until all the liquid is dissolved.
Add the remaining ingredients, soy sauce, sesame oil and lo mein sauce, and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
Variation: You can also choose at this point to brown it by spreading the noodles on the pan and cooking on high for about 1-2 minutes without moving or stirring the noodles. Flip over onto a plate and serve.
2 thoughts on “Vegetable Chow Mein Recipe”
I was wondering if chow mein noodles are gluten free or do you know if there is GF noodles available. I would love to try this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing.
As far as I know, the only fresh chow mein noodles have wheat in them. But, if you have some thin spaghetti gluten free noodles, you can definitely use this recipe. It won’t be identical, but I think you’ll like it. To use a noodle that is not fresh but dried, cook them first and remove about 1 minute before the package directions. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water. Then reduce the chicken broth to 1/4 cup.
I’ve got a couple recipes on this site that are gluten free. You should be able to pick up rice vermicelli or soy bean vermicelli noodles in your asian aisle at the grocery store. Here’s a couple recipes you can try:
The rice cake noodles are generally gluten free, but you will need to read the ingredients because I found a few brands that use flour to keep them from sticking together. Those you can usually only find in asian markets in the refrigerated section next to the vegetables.