Vegetable Chow Mein is not only healthy but insanely delicious too! Egg noodles coated with savory Chow Mein sauce is just divine. A crave-worthy dinner that you can make under 30 minutes!
Filipinos love their noodles. We have the pancit guisado, lomi, etc. But when it comes to other Asian noodles, chow mein is probably my favorite. You’d be crazy to say no to a big bowl of chow mein. And after this, it will likely become one of your go-to dinner recipes because it’s so easy to make.
Homemade vs Home-delivered
Is there even an argument here? Homemade all the way of course!
- Versatile – If you make this at home you can switch the proteins and veggies as you fancy.
- Quick and easy – under 30 minutes from start to finish, faster than home delivery.
- Ready ingredients – You can make the sauce from scratch using ingredients that are already in your cupboard.
How to make Vegetable Chow Mein
What Ingredients do I Need?
- Fresh chow mein noodles or egg noodles – yakisoba or dry thin spaghetti are great alternatives.
- Vegetables – This recipe used only two (carrots and bean sprouts) but you can also add cabbage.
- For the sauce – Chicken broth which is 280 ml hot water + 1 chicken cubes, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper.
The magic starts with making the sauce. Mix all ingredients and stir well until well incorporated then set it aside. Next, over medium heat add oil in a pot or deep pan and saute some garlic and onion. Add the carrot and cook until crisp-tender.
Throw in egg noodles and toss around to separate the strands. Tip in bean sprouts and mix, cover for a few minutes to soften up the noodles a bit. Pour the pre-made sauce and toss to coat the noodles. Cover again until most of the sauce is absorbed by the noodles. Serve while hot!
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Tips for Vegetable CHow Mein
- To add protein, use chicken breasts – chicken thighs will work great too, just cook before the garlic and onion then set aside. Add again when putting the noodles in.
- If you can’t find chow mein noodles, fresh egg noodles are my go-to. If you’re using spaghetti, check ingredients on packaging, it should have egg listed).
Vegetable Chow Mien
For the Chow Mein Sauce:
- 280 ml chicken broth (hot water + 1 chicken cube )
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 3 tbsp light soy
- 3 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- dash of ground black pepper
- 300 grams fresh egg noodles (chow mein noodles)
- 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium carrot (julienned)
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 cup beans sprout (sides removed )
Making the sauce
- To make the sauce, mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Making Chow Mein
- Heat a pot or wok over medium-high heat then add the cooking oil.
- When the oil is hot enough, saute the garlic for a couple of seconds then add the onion, cook until translucent. Tip in the carrots and cook until soft and tender.
- Throw in the fresh egg noodles then toss to separate. Cover the pot/wok with a lid to let it cook for a few minutes (approx 3-4 minutes).
- Then add the beans sprout, toss again to distribute then pour the pre-made chow mein sauce.
- Toss once more to coat the egg noodles with sauce then cover. Turn down heat if needed and let the sauce be absorbed by the noodles. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve and Bon Appetit!