Weeknight Chow Mein

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by dianegrapegrower

Easy, tasty weeknight recipe. Adaptable to different types of meat; add veges or delete to suit your taste, or what you have on hand. I developed this "cook-and-drain" technique to avoid chow mein that was swimming in liquid. It also makes added thickeners unnecessary. I show varying amounts of noodles and cabbage - I enjoy a chow mein with lots of veges, but others in my family like the noodles. This recipe works well either way.

Top Review by FLKeysJen

Though I made it on the weekend - not on a weeknight - this was a great success! The chili garlic paste and oyster sauce give this terrific flavor. The cabbage makes the dish! My carrots and wheat spaghetti had gone bad so I used more of the other veggies and fresh rice stick noodles. Highly recommended!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook spaghetti in boiling water as directed. Drain in colander, sprinkle with 1 t. peanut oil to keep from sticking, and let set.
  2. Slice chicken or pork into thin strips. Peel shrimp. A single meat, or a combo work fine in this recipe.
  3. Heat 1 T. peanut oil in wok. Stir-fry cabbage until hot-crisp. Dump on top of spaghetti in colander and let set. (any moisture coming off the cabbage will drain, keeping your chow mein from getting soggy).
  4. Heat 2 T. peanut oil in wok. Add sesame oil, ginger, chili sauce, meat or shrimp. Stir-fry until meat is almost done.
  5. Add remaining veges and continue stir-frying until veges are hot-crisp and meat is done.
  6. Add oyster sauce and stir to coat. Add cabbage and spaghetti and combine thoroughly.

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