Chow Mein is one of the earliest Chinese dishes introduced to America and its popularity hasn’t waned. One of the most popular take-out items at Chinese restaurants, Chow Mein is synonymous with great food, convenience, and affordability. The mental picture of eating Chow Mein packed in a Chinese take-out box, with a pair of disposable wooden chopsticks while watching TV is as American as having wings during the Super Bowl. Chow Mein is an American food icon despite its Chinese origin. This Home-style Chow Mein Noodles recipe is a healthy take on your favorite version—less greasy, more ingredients, and no MSG.
Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as part of a multi-course meal
- 8 oz (250 g) steamed chow mein noodles
- 2 oz (50 g) pork, cut into thin slices
- 1/3 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 shelled and deveined medium-sized raw shrimp
- 1/3 cup (50 g) shredded cabbage
- 1/3 cup (50 g) shredded carrot
- 2 cups (100 g) fresh bean sprouts, ends trimmed
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 green onions (scallions), cut into 2 in (5 cm) length
- Salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- Rinse the steamed noodles with cold running water a few times until the water turns clear and the noodles become soft. Drain the excess water with a colander and set aside. (Do not clean them for too long or the noodles will become soggy.)
- Mix all the ingredients for the Seasonings in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Marinate the pork with the soy sauce and cornstarch in a bowl, for 10 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. When the oil starts to smoke, add in the minced garlic and stir-fry until the garlic is light brown or aromatic. Add the pork and shrimp and stir-fry until they are half-cooked or the surface turns opaque.
- Stir in the shredded cabbage, carrot, and bean sprouts into the wok, stirring well with the other ingredients in the wok or skillet.
- Add the noodles, the Seasonings, and the water. Stir continuously until the noodles are well combined with the Seasonings and cook thoroughly.
- Add the chopped green onion and salt to taste. Toss well with the noodles, dish out and serve immediately.
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