I give it three stars because it is a good recipe but is missing some key elements to make it excellent. I am a self made cook. One thing I would change would be the noodles they really need to be Chow Mein style, Yakisoba noddles work as well. I am pretty sure Panda express fries their noodles or uses noodles that have been previously fried. When making the noodles I have found that cooking them lightly works best. Then you finish cooking them in the mixture. I also put less sugar than what they call for. I have also had to double the sauce they call for on the rest of the ingredients. I do not own a wok but that is the best way to cook it right. The veggies should be lightly cooked( to simulate this using a frying pan add the longer cooking veggies first cook with half of the sauce. add all veggies until they are all lightly cooked but not soft(still slightly crunchy). Remove from heat. Refry the noodles separate with sauce then add it all the the mixture and serve. These are my suggestions. Oh also you should not use toasted sesame oil. it has a distinct flavor not found in their Chow Mein. I saw another Panda recipe that called for un-toasted Sesame oil and Vegetable mixed( that is more accurate I think). I have even added crushed sesame seeds and vegetable oil and it has turned out pretty good.
I followed the recipe exactly and I'm sorry but nasty is the only word that comes to mind when I ate this. It tasted NOTHING like Panda Express chow mein. It pretty much tasted like sesame oil poured over noodles. Very disgusting. My family found it to be inedible and we'll eat pretty much anything!! I would not recommend this to anyone.
Couldn't help but notice it calls for Vermicelli noodles. Panda Express uses Lo Mein (large golden noodles). Just thought I would add before someone uses the wrong noodle!
It really had no taste. My husband and I both added quite a bit of soy sauce and that helped but I don't think I will make this recipe again.
This tasted nothing like Panda's chow mein.
I followed this one to the letter, it had very little flavor. I'll try it again and maybe add some brown sauce next time.
Sorry, couldn't get my family to eat it!
It's missing bean sprouts and they have to be fried seperately and get all the water out. And yes use chow mein. "chow" means fried.."lo" for lo meain means just tossed. Panda is a chow mein, it has been fried before which makes it NOT mooshy and appealing. Gotta buy the chinese chow mein in a local chinese market it usually is prepackaged fresh then you boil it for a few minutes. Fry it in VERY HOT OIL seperately first..then cook it again w your other ingredients with soy, oyster, a tiny bit sesame oil, but it's key that all your veggies and or meat and have thinly sliced onions and dried and fried bean sprouts too to get the right flavor.
i thought this was pretty good
Sauce tasted spot on. This was good. Very good. Only made one change-added the cooked noodles to the vegetables and sauce and cooked them a bit longer in there. Thank you!