Vegetable Chow Mein Recipe

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.


9 Replies to "Vegetable Chow Mein Recipe"

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    Charlotte Chernoff September 19, 2013 (8:26 am)

    Im going to try this recipe. Sounds delicious. Ill add chicken and maybe shrimp. Thanks for posting it

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    Joanne November 2, 2013 (9:01 pm)

    What can you use of you can’t find le
    Mein sauce

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      Dish Ditty November 2, 2013 (9:19 pm)

      Hi Joanne,
      You can use a standard “Oyster Sauce”, but I’d add 1/2 tsp sugar and if you can 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Chicken base (you can find this at most supermarkets and at Costco, possibly Sam’s club). It’s an organic alternative to bouillon cubes.

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    SLG November 15, 2013 (2:54 am)

    How many people does this serve?

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      Dish Ditty November 15, 2013 (8:39 am)

      HI SLG,
      This will serve 3-4 as a main dish and 6-8 as a side dish. We frequently eat this for lunch by itself.

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    FoodandTripadvisor December 1, 2013 (9:08 am)

    Wow.. delicious. I’ll try for sure. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Elizabeth January 6, 2014 (7:17 pm)

    I just made this and it was very yummy ūüôā I only used half of the sesame oil as I personally find it over powering. I also used hoisin sauce instead if lo mein as it is what I had in hand. Will surely make it again

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      Dish Ditty January 6, 2014 (10:26 pm)

      Thanks Elizabeth! I agree, this can be used with other sauces and measurements can be adjusted to taste. I rarely measure when I make this dish, and I frequently change the vegetables or add meat to change it up.

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