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This is the recipe that introduced me to RecipeZaar. It is my now my go-to recipe for chow mein. I've made this at least four times and it is always excellent. The recipe is versatile - you can vary the veggies based on what you have on hand and what you like. Julienned carrots, cabbage, green peppers, you name it. The secret seems to be the fairly long braise of the browned pork, covered, in the water/soy sauce mixture. I usually use boneless pork loin when I make this and you'd think this would be mercilessly overcooking it, but it comes out great every time, and would probably also work with tougher pork like sirloin or possibly even butt if you cut it small enough. The other secret, of course, is the molasses. I'd rate this as one of the best two or three recipes I've found on the internet, and the net's been my cookbook for over a decade now.

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Doug in Crisfield February 11, 2010

This was delicious. Made exactly according to recipe. Next time I will probably try with low-sodium soy sauce, as I found it a little too salty. Also will double the celery, as that's how we like it in Minnesota. This is what's known as "Nankin-style" chow mein, after a popular Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis for years. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

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ChansonCooks September 01, 2010

This was very good. Will definitely make it again but I was a little disappointed because it didn't have the flavor punch that I have become accustomed to from a Kittencal recipe. :) Maybe more Molasses? Not sure but it seemed to be missing some flavor. I have to say that I was concerned that the pork was cooking too long but it turned out very tender.

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tiger7lady February 06, 2009

Delicious chow mein, Kitten! I did add some fresh broccoli and a few carrots to up the veggies. A friend joined us who has a very restricted diet. I served it over jasmine rice, but hubby just used the chow mein noodles. Don't leave out the molasses--it's a critical ingredient! Thanks for posting; we'll have this often!

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Judikins January 18, 2009

My Mother's Chow Mein recipe sadly was one that was not written down. I've ordered from Chinese Restaurants, but they were not even close. After searching many recipe sights, I found this recipe. I added a bit more molasses and soy sauce, left off the green onions and almonds. I served over steamed rice and crunchy chinese noodles. Fantastic! Thank you. This recipe is going in my file for sure!

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mamascooking July 12, 2008

It is tasty but it would be more chow mein if it actually had lo mein or sam see mein noodles. This is more like chop suey. You can also add cabbage, broccoli, carrots (thinly sliced),snow peas, or beans and top with green onions and chopped egg omelet. I also rather have shiitake mushrooms instead of canned button mushrooms. It has a meatier flavor. I would add a tablespoon or two of mirin or sherry and some oyster sauce. I do like things on the sweet side. I would not have thought to add molasses.<br/><br/>The molasses in this recipe and the soy sauce = thick soy sauce

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Amy in Hawaii January 19, 2014

Yummy! I'm not even a chow mein fan but this was interesting enough to try and we really liked it. Long cooking the pork was key, plus adding some extra soy, some chili/garlic sauce, and the molasses was such a silver bullet....who would have thought of that? I added bok choy for extra crunch and nutrition and used a lot less pork.

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AustinCFos April 10, 2013

EXCELLENT Recipe! I used Pork Tenderloin, added 1Tbls. Oyster Sauce, 1 tsp. Sesame Oil, 1 1/2 Tbls. Fish sauce

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Eddie#66 February 09, 2013

I have to give this only one star due to false advertising. It's neither authentic, nor is it chow mein. There is absolutely no part of the name "authentic chow mein" that even begins to describe this. I'm ashamed at this recipe. Whether it's tasty or not is irrelevant, it's NOT chow mein. Chow mein is the old fashioned way of writing what is now written in pinyin as Ch%u01CEomi?n. Ch%u01CEo literally means "fried" and "mi?n" literally means "noodles". There are absolutely no noodles in the recipe whatsoever. What this is is a vaguely Chinese'esque (not authentic) pork stir fry. It is NOT even remotely close to chow mein.
If anything, it should be called "substitute oriental pork stir fry." I say substitute because the recipe involves a number of ingredients that are common substitutes for difficult to find produce or sauces.
If you like the recipe, then by all means, like it and eat it. Just don't call it "chow mein" and at the very least don't call it "authentic chow mein" when it's anything but.

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Jenna Scoville January 05, 2013

I love this recipe and make it quite often. I often add other veggies, depending on what I have. For those of you who think this is too bland or missing something, try adding a little bit of toasted sesame oil and a tablespoon or so of oyster sauce. Makes a big difference in flavor. However, it is yummy and I highly recommend it.

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jimani May 01, 2012
Authentic Chinese Pork Chow Mein