Background and History
Panda Express Chow Mein, a staple of American Chinese cuisine, has become an iconic dish synonymous with the popular fast-food chain. This stir-fried noodle dish has its roots in traditional Chinese stir-fry techniques but has been adapted to suit the American palate. It perfectly embodies the fusion of flavors and textures, making it a favorite side dish for many who crave the distinct taste of Panda Express.
Chow Mein Noodles
8 oz, cooked and drained.
2 cups, shredded.
1 cup, thinly sliced.
1 medium-sized, thinly sliced.
2 cloves, minced.
1 teaspoon, grated.
Chopped, for garnish.
Approximately 25 minutes
Cook Chow Mein Noodles
Prepare chow mein noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
In a wok or large pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and grated ginger, followed by sliced onions, celery, and shredded cabbage. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
Add Bean Sprouts
Toss in bean sprouts and continue to stir-fry for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Add the cooked chow mein noodles to the wok, stirring to combine with the vegetables.
In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Pour the sauce over the noodles and vegetables. Toss to evenly coat.
Garnish and Serve
Garnish with chopped green onions and serve the Panda Express Copycat Chow Mein immediately.
(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)
Calories: ~250 per serving
Customize with additional protein like chicken, beef, or tofu.
Adjust soy sauce and oyster sauce quantities to taste.
For a crispier texture, let the noodles sit without stirring for a brief period during cooking.
Check labels for potential allergens in soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Adapt the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.