Panda Express Chow Mein recipe is so easy to make and tastes exactly like the restaurant’s signature side dish. Make a healthier version of Panda at home for a fraction of the price!
Panda Express Chow Mein is one of our favorite dishes when we’re craving Chinese food. But it can be inconvenient, not to mention pricey to grab take-out all the time. So why not make it at home? This chow mein recipe uses fresh, simple ingredients from right in your own kitchen. It’s so simple to throw together when the mood strikes, and tastes just as good (if not better) than the restaurant version.
Chow Mein vs. Lo Mein
Have you ever wondered about the difference between chow mein and lo mein? Well, it mainly it boils down to the way you make the noodles. Both dishes use wheat flour egg noodles. Most of the great lo mein dishes are made with fresh noodles, while chow mein can be made with dried or fresh. Chow mein noodles are generally prepared to be a bit crispier than lo mein noodles, which are very soft.
What’s a Good Substitute for Chow Mein Noodles?
So you’re craving good Chinese, but don’t have any refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles on hand? Italian pasta noodles such as linguine, fettuccine or even spaghetti are a great substitute in a pinch.
How Long Will Panda Express Chow Mein Keep in the Refrigerator?
This simple recipe makes several good sized servings, so if you find yourself with leftovers, store it in a sealed container in the fridge. The noodles reheat beautifully and you can eat on this dish for up to a week!
Main Dishes to Serve with Panda Express Chow Mein
Pair this Chow Mein with some of our other Asian inspired recipes and you can have a full-on family style Chinese take-out night at home for a fraction of the price of going out.
- P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef
- Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast
- Jared’s Gerenal Tso’s Chicken
- Orange Chicken
- Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Lettuce Wraps
- Chinese Barbecue Pork
- Ham Fried Rice
How to Make Panda Express Chow Mein
Our Version of Panda Express Chow Mein
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons 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)
- 2/3 cup chopped celery chopped diagonally
- 1 medium-sized onion thinly sliced
- 2 cups 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.