Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

Chow Mein

I’ve been slowly mastering the art of making different Asian dishes. Nothing crazy, just simple ones that I like getting from restaurants, (copycat recipes are the BEST.) Crab Rangoon & Chinese Chicken Fingers were my first success- and you should probably make those with this Chow Mein. I’m telling you, you’ll be amazed with yourself and think of the money you’ll save by not ordering takeout. Each dish only needs a handful of ingredients so you won’t be up until midnight getting this job done, it’s all actually very easy. This is a great way to stray from those meals that you keep on repeat constantly. And you can’t fight a Chinese food craving- you just can’t. They don’t go away. In fact you’ll probably be thinking about Chinese food all day now. Every time I say… “Chinese food”- the craving gets stronger. I’m actually hypnotizing you right now…. Ch-ch-choowww meeeiiinnn… …. MMMMM…. crunccchhhy chicken fingers…. Steaming hot Crab Rangooooon…duck sauuccee…

… alright well this backfired. Now all I want is Chinese food. And you’ve probably left, because I’ve probably annoyed you. Hello? I’ll be quiet, I promise, come back!

Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein
Serves: 4 servings
  • 6oz. dry Chow Mein stir fry noodles
  • Vegetables
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce*
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or ½ teaspoon dry ginger)
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  1. Boil the Chow Mein noodles in a large pot for about 3 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water and drain again. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot on medium heat, combine the vegetables and olive oil and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients and add to the vegetables. Stir in the Chow Mein noodles, and serve.
*Oyster sauce is not necessary, however I had it on hand and it gives it a nice flavor- however a little goes a long way so don't overdo it.

Additional ingredient options: Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Water Chestnuts, Cooked Chicken, Beef, or Shrimp

Use leftovers for stir fry! Add some meat or other vegetables and you have yourself a meal 🙂

Recipe Adapted from:

Chow Mein