Better than takeout vegetable chow mein recipe ready to serve in just 20 minutes! Find all the classic savory, nutty and umami packed flavors of chow mein in this simple and delicious recipe. It’s the best!
Vegetable Chow Mein Recipe
Once a month I make a trip to Hong Kong supermarket on Hester street and hit the noodle aisle downstairs where I fill my basket with plenty of carbs. Egg noodles, glass noodles, ramen noodles, chow mein noodles.. You name it, I’ve got it. I do this because dried noodles keep for a long time and multiply my options when it comes to Asian cooking. They’re easy to cook and make a fantastic substitute for a bowl of rice. Cook and dump them in your pan with a few veggies and a home made stir fry sauce and dinner is served! This vegetable chow mein recipe took less than 20 minutes to make (which I served with beef yakitori) and cost about ten dollars. Not bad uh?
My original idea was to make Korean jap chae but I didn’t realized I was out of potato noodles until all my prep work was done! No point in stressing out about this though, noodles are noodles and I don’t see a big deal in switching them around once in a while. Plus, many Asian stir fry recipes are similar to one another so making a vegetable chow mein recipe with jap chae sauce didn’t seem too far fetched.
I added some Japanese dried red chilies (chile japones) to this chow mein recipe – an ingredient I’ve taken a strong liking to lately. They’re a little hot but mostly smoky, great for intensifying the authentic flavors only found in Asian cuisine. They’re my latest obsession and I’ve enjoyed incorporating them in some of my recipes (spaghetti vongole, green beans with chilies and oyster sauce). They’re really easy to find, most Asian supermarkets sell them already chopped or whole (I get mine at Sunrise Mart on Broome street). The key to a successful smoke is to infuse the oil (just like when you fry garlic), so add them to the pan at the earliest stage of cooking. De-lish!
We loved this chow mein recipe, especially the texture the sauce gave the chow mein noodles. It wasn’t as firm as classic jap chae sweet potato noodles but just as satisfying -if not more!
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