Although food historians disagree on who and when invented the Chinese food – chow mein, this stir-fry dish with names derived from Mandarin chomiàn and Taishanese chu-mèing (lit. fried noodles) is considered to have originated in Northern China.
This noodle is so famous that it was spread to many nations by Chinese visitors. India uses a noodle similar to Chow Mein, and the Filipinos adopted Chow Mein and created their own called pancit, which is quite intriguingly comparable to the spaghetti noodle.
How Do You Prepare Chow Mien?
To make traditional Chinese noodles, choose from the following list of fresh ingredients:
You can use chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork as a protein source. You can also use Squid and scallops can. Choose your main protein or mix and match a few ingredients.
You can use cabbage, bean sprouts, napa cabbage, carrot, or scallion as vegetables. The flavours of cabbage, carrot, and scallion appeal to me.
For the finest flavour, use oyster sauce, soy sauce, or a combination of both sauces as a seasoning sauce.
The noodles can be made in a skillet or a traditional Chinese wok. To begin, sauté the noodles with oil and garlic over high heat while stirring in the protein. Stir in the noodles and seasoning sauce until all of the ingredients are well cooked.
Tips for making the Chinese Food – Chow Mein
- Toss in your favourite protein! Chicken, shrimp, beef, or tofu!
- Spiralize some carrots and zucchini! Combine the carrots and celery in a mixing bowl, then add the zucchini when you’re ready to add the noodles
- For a quick pan-fried noodle option, add a couple of teaspoons of oil to a large pan and cook the noodles until crispy on both sides on high heat before adding the noodles
- Add some spiciness! This recipe would benefit from the addition of Sriracha, chilli garlic paste, or crushed red pepper
Lastly, I recommend thin, fresh egg noodles for making the best and most authentic homemade Chow Mein, like Chinese food joints or takeout.