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How to Make Perfect Stir-fried Noodles

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Chinese stir-fried noodles, or in Cantonese “Chow Mein”, have a rich and ancient culinary heritage that dates back thousands of years. Stir-frying is a traditional Chinese cooking technique that involves cooking ingredients quickly over high heat in a wok, resulting in delicious and flavorful dishes. If you have tried any good Chinese instant noodles and like the taste of them, you will definately fall in love with stir-fried noodles.

Making perfect Chinese stir-fried noodles at home requires attention to details and some key techniques. In this article, I will go through each step with details to make sure you get what you’re expected. Without further ado, let’s learn how to make stir-fried noodles.

Ingredients
  • Chinese egg noodles 8 ounces
  • Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • Fresh ginger, grated 1-inch piece
  • Onion, sliced 1 small
  • Carrot 1 julienned
  • Red bell pepper 1 sliced
  • Shredded cabbage/bok choy 1 cup
  • Soy sauce 2 tablespoons
  • Oyster sauce 1 tablespoon optional
  • Dark soy sauce 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar 1 teaspoon
  • White pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt suitable amount

Prepare the noodles

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Cooking times can vary depending on the type of noodles you’re using, so be sure to check the package for guidance. 

Once the noodles are cooked, drain them in a colander and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process and remove excess starch. Toss the noodles with a little oil to prevent sticking, and set them aside.

stir-fried noodles

Prepare the sauce

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), dark soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, white pepper, and a pinch of salt. Stir well to combine all the ingredients, and set the sauce aside.

Prepare the ingredients

Mince the garlic and grate the ginger. Slice the onion, julienne the carrot, and slice the red bell pepper into thin strips. Shred the cabbage or bok choy.

Stir-fried the protein (optional)

If you’re adding any protein, such as sliced chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu, now is the time to cook it. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.

Add the protein and stir-fry until it’s almost cooked through. If using shrimp, they should turn pink, and if using chicken or beef, they should no longer be pink in the center.

Removed the cooked protein from the wok and set it aside.

Stir-fried the vegetables

In the same wok or skillet, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil and heat it over high heat.

Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the hot oil. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds until they become aromatic and release their flavors.

Add the sliced onion, julienned carrot, and sliced red bell pepper to the wok. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften but still retain some crispness.

Add the shredded cabbage or bok choy

Add the shredded cabbage or bok choy to the wok with the other vegetables. Continue stir-frying for another 1-2 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp. Stir continuously to ensure even cooking.

Combine the noodles and sauce

Add the cooked noodles to the wok with the vegetables. Pour the prepared sauce over the noodles and vegetables.

If you’re using cooked protein, add it back to the wok at this point.

Combine the noodles and sauce

Add the cooked noodles to the wok with the vegetables. Pour the prepared sauce over the noodles and vegetables.

If you’re using cooked protein, add it back to the wok at this point.

Stir-fry everything together

Toss everything together with a pair of tongs or wooden spatulas to evenly coat the noodles and vegetables with the sauce. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes until everything is well combined and heated throught.

Taste and adjust seasoning

Taste the stir-fried noodles and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more soy sauce or salt according to your taste preference. Remember, a little goes a long way, so add a little at a time and taste as you go.

Serve and garnish

Once everything is cooked and seasoned to your liking, remove the wok from the heat.

Serve the Chinese stir-fried noodles hot, and garnish with chopped green onions or sesame seeds if desired.

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Chinese stir-fried noodles! This dish is a great as a main course on its own, or you can pair it with your favorite side dishes. Happy cooking!

Lilith Wong
Lilith Wong
Lilith Wong is a blog writer, food lover, and the founder of Exotic Food China. She lives in a beautiful village in Sichuan with her two cats.
lilith wong

Lilith Wong

is a blog writer, food lover, and the founder of Exotic Food China.

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