Chow Mein (Stir-fried Noodles)

Characteristics: It is a delicious and healthy dish, quick and easy to make.

Chow Mein can be cooked using different kinds of noodles including wide or thin noodles, noodle pieces and a variety of vegetables like carrots, onion, cabbage, green pepper, garlic sprouts, mushrooms, etc.

Chinese people usually add plenty of salt and soy sauce for extra flavor.

100 g noodles 
50 g lean pork (beef or egg can also be used instead) 
50 g garlic sprouts (cabbage or green beans) 
2-3 small green peppers
1 carrot
1/2 small onion

If time permits, you can make some hand-made noodles by yourselves.

chopped ginger 
chopped green onion 
ground chili
chicken essence (stock/bouillon) or cooking wine
soy sauce 
tomato ketchup
cooking oil

Note: the amount of the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one’s personal taste.


A. Clean the lean pork. Cut into thick slices that are cut into thin strips. Put into a dish.

B. Wash the green peppers. Cut into slices and put into a dish.

C. Peel and clean the onion. Chop into thin slices and put into a dish.

D. Snip the peduncles of the garlic sprouts. Cut it into 2-3 cm long sections. Put into a dish after washed.

E. Wash and peel carrot. Cut into thin strips. Put into a dish.


  Step 1: Coat the lean pork strips by adding in cooking wine, soy sauce, salt, chicken essence or monosodium glutamate. Stir well it with chopsticks until you feel it is a bit sticky.

  Step 2: Noodles are best cooked in a steamer. Fill the steamer pot 1/4 full of water. Grease the steamer basket with a thin layer of oil to prevent the noodles from sticking. Place the steamer basket in the pot, add noodles, cover and steam for 2-3 minutes. Take the noodles out and put into a bowl, add some cooking oil and stir it well with chopsticks. Return noodles to steamer and stream for another 2-3 minutes. Place in a bowl.

  Step 3: Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, swirling to coat sides. Add the coated lean pork strips and stir-fry until the meat turns pale yellow in color. Add the ground chili, chopped ginger and chopped green onion. Stir-fry for 20 seconds. Add all of the vegetables and fry, stir for 1 minute.

  Step 4: Add some salt and chicken essence and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Finally, add in the steamed noodles and the tomato ketchup, and stir-fry it for a further 1 minute.

Turn off the heat. Chow Mein is cooked

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