I think technically this is a “Lo Mein” recipe but we will stick with “Chow Mein” because that is what Panda Express calls it. Either way.. this recipe is always a HIT at our house! It tastes just like the chow mein at Panda Express (which I love)! I was craving Panda Express at the time I created this recipe but didn’t want to go to the restaurant to get it. I was making our Orange Chicken recipe for dinner and I felt like something besides plain, white rice. Usually when I am willing to spend a little extra time on dinner I make our restaurant-style fried rice recipe to go with the main dish (which I also love…. it tastes just like the fried rice at Panda Express), but I was in the mood for something I hadn’t tried my hand at before… the Panda Express chow mein. It. was. perfect. Let me just tell you.. since that night we have made this at least a dozen times. Now we switch equally between the fried rice and the chow mein (if I’m not lazy and just do white or brown rice). Since originally posting this recipe, I have taken this dish to several parties and it is always a huge hit… everyone always comments how it tastes just like Panda’s recipe.
Anyway, you are going to love how cheap and easy this is to make. It makes about 4-5 good-sized servings and actually re-heats well if you happen to have leftovers. Pair this with a couple of our other Asian inspired recipes (click HERE) and you can have a full-on family style Chinese take-out night at home for a fraction of the price of going out!
**In this recipe you can add a shake or two of sesame oil to the vegetable oil to add a deeper flavor–but don’t overdo it! I am not including it in the recipe because the sesame oil flavoring can become overpowering real quick if you aren’t careful. Plus, I have made it both ways (with and without sesame oil) and they both taste great.
|Our Version of Panda Express Chow Mein|| |
- ¼ c. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 (5.6 oz) packages refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles (found in the produce section of the grocery store.. usually the 3 packages are sold together in one 17oz. pack)
- ⅔ c. chopped celery (chopped diagonally)
- 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
- 2 c. chopped cabbage
- In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper. Set aside.
- Remove Yaki Soba from packages and discard included flavoring packets. Rinse noodles well, drain, and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add celery and onion and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until onions start to become soft and transparent. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
- Toss Yaki Soba noodles and soy sauce mixture with the vegetables over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.