Veg Chow Mein is Chinese stir-fried noodles with lots of vegetables. It is a popular street food across the continent and we have our own version of making these slurpy velvety noodles.
When I say, we have our own version of Indo Chinese Chow Mein, I meant to say it is quite popular in different parts of the country and we add our own “taste-makers” i.e. sauces and masalas to suit the tastebuds. That’s how versatile these stir-fries are. You can build on the taste by switching the protein, veggies, and sauces.
What’s best? Chow Mein is also vegan.
What Noodles is Best for Making Chow Mein?
Now, if you can’t find the Chow Mein noodles (these are thinner and yellow than regular noodles) in the supermarket, I’d say get hold of any regular noodles or Ramen noodles.
I’ve tried them both – Maggi or instant noodles as well and barring the cooking time of the noodles, the process is more or less the same.
What to Add in a Chow Mein
Chow Mein is loaded with veggies, mostly cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers. You may also add french beans, snap beans, corn, broccolini, spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, or baby corn.
How to Make Chow Mein without vegetables
For a non-vegetarian Chow Mein, switch up the proteins between shredded chicken, beef, pork, and/or prawns.
How to Make Veg Chow Mein
How to cook noodles for Chow Mein
- To cook the noodles for Chow Mein, bring about 4-5 cups of water to a boil and add a quarter teaspoon of salt to it. Add the noodles to it. You needn’t break it, it’ll easily slide into the vessel in a couple of minutes.
- Let the noodles cook according to the pack instructions. I prefer al dente (that is cooked to be firm to the bite). Also, we will be tossing the noodles to the veggies and sauces later and don’t want it to be a mushy mess.
- Remove and strain in a colander. Wash gently in ice-cold water and add a tablespoon of oil. Toss and keep aside.
- Prepare all the veggies and keep aside.
5. To prepare the sauce for Chow Mein, mix together soy sauce, tomato ketchup, and sriracha sauce along with sesame oil, sugar, and pepper.
6. To make Chow Mein, heat a pan, and add sesame oil. To this add minced ginger and garlic. Saute.
7. Add finely sliced onions and saute again.
8. Once it is slightly browned, add the veggies. Mix well.
9. To this, add the cooked noodles and mix gently.
10. Add the sauces and mix again.
11. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.
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