Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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!

FLKeysJen August 10, 2008

Made this last night and everyone loved it, DD2 even had seconds, VERY unusual!!! I didn't have cabbage... :( sorry. That would obviously make a difference. And I had to use frozen peas, - but apart from these minor differences (and it does say the recipe is versatile! - it was exactly as directed! It certainly is an easy weeknight meal, do all your prep beforehand, and it goes very quickly. Even without the cabbage, I didn't need to add any thickeners, everything coated nicely in the sauce, and as I said, even DD2 loved it... and she is jolly fussy! I've posted a photo of the veggie mix Before I added the noodles, because the after picture didn't look so good, so this is more of a Work in Progress photo :) Thanks for this lovely and well-received recipe, Diane :)

Karen Elizabeth August 06, 2008

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