Vegetable chow mein is the ultimate take out at home meal. These slightly crisp noodles topped with stir-fried veggies in a flavourful sauce are on the table in 25 minutes. Add your favourite protein for a complete meal.
My favourite dish for Chinese take out is Cantonese chow mein. There is something about stir-fried vegetables on top of noodles that is so comforting and satisfying. While I do love the noodles in the dish, I always wish there were more veggies that came with them.
Creating a take out at hone version of Cantonese chow mein, I definitely wanted to include more vegetables – and this healthy vegan version is full of them!
How to Make Vegetable Chow Mein
As with any other quick cooking meal, I like to gather and chop all my ingredients first.
Boil a large pot of water for cooking the chow mein noodles. I used fresh noodles and the cooking time was about a minute. Follow the package directions for the noodles that you are using.
When the noodles are cooked, drain them and rinse off any excess starch. I like to shake the strainer basket a few times to make sure that all the water is out of the noodles.
Heat a wok over high heat and add a tablespoon or two of oil to it.
Mix the sauce ingredient together in a small bowl.
Add the noodles to the wok and cook for a minute or two before flipping them and cooking the other side. You want to repeat this process a few times. The idea is to crisp up the noodles a bit.
When you have crisped up the noodles, transfer them to a serving dish.
Add all of the vegetable except the bok choy to the wok and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. You want the vegetables to heat through and brighten up only, not overcook them. Add the bok choy to the wok along with the sauce and stir-fry for a minute until the leaves begin to wilt.
Add the vegetable mixture to the top of the noodles in the serving dish.
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Vegetable Chow Mein
Cantonese style chow mein with crispy pan-fried noodles and stir-fried vegetables.
- 10 ounces chow mein noodles Fresh if available
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
- 2 carrot julienned
- 1⁄2 onion sliced
- 6 cups chopped bok choy
- 2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the chw mein noodles. Cook for 1 minute if using fresh, or 2-3 minutes if using dried noodles. Drain and rinse the noodles.
- In a large wok over high heat, heat up the cooking oil. Add the noddles and spread out across the bottom of the wok. Cook the noodles for about 1 minute, and flip them over and cook for another. Repeat this process several times. We are working towards crisping up the noodles a bit.
- When your noodles are cooked, put them into a large serving dish, and put the wok back on the burner.
- In a small bowl, mix together the vegetarian oyster sauce, tamari, rice vinegar, Shaoxing wine, garlic, ginger and water. Set aside.
- Put a tbsp of oil into the wok and add the broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and onions. Stir fry for about 2 minutes.
- Add the bok choy to the wok and mix the bok choy into the stir-fried vegetables, until the leaves have just begun to wilt.
- Add the sauce to the vegetables and toss to coat. Cook for about 30 seconds, then add the vegetables and sauce to the top of the noodles and serve.