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Classic Chinese Chow Mein with authentic ingredients and easy ingredient swaps to make this a pantry meal in a pinch!

Classic Chinese Chow Mein

Classic Chinese Chow Mein with authentic ingredients and easy ingredient swaps to make this a pantry meal in a pinch!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Classic Chinese Chow Mein
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 431 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 head cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic , crushed and minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (aka Kecap Manis)* see note for homemade substitute
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles , cooked a minute shy of the directions*
  • 6 ounces bean sprouts (optional)
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan or wok on high heat.
  2. Add two tablespoons of canola oil to the pan and cook the cabbage.
  3. Cook 2-3 minutes until wilted, add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

  4. Add the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce and water and bring to a boil for 1 minute.

  5. Add in the pasta and bean sprouts and toss to coat.
  6. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

To make homemade Kecap Manis, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 1/2 teaspoons of molasses or dark brown sugar with a tiny pinch of ground anise. This is a decent substitute, but if you can get the original the flavor will be even deeper.

If you can't find chow mein noodles you can substitute yakisoba noodles and just toss the packet and use the noodles only.

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Chinese Chow Mein
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Sodium 1694mg74%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.