Chicken Chow Mein Recipe: Asia's Soul Food

The Noodle is the soul of Asian cuisine (along with rice of course). Almost every country in Asia has some kind of noodles in their diet. Pad Thai, Vietnamese Pho,  Chinese Chuka soba, and Japanese Ramen, the list goes on..There are more noodle bars in Tokyo than wine bars in Manhattan. The Japaneses even have a Ramon Noodle museum.

Out of all noodles dishes, Chow Mein has to be the most popular of all. Its fame in America began in the the late 19th century when it was introduced to Mott Street in New York’s Chinatown. Today you can find many Cantonese restaurants in American various Chinatowns.

In American Chinese restaurants, Chow Mein is often made with celery and shredded cabbage, while  bean spouts are commonly used in Hong Kong. Since I don't like celery,  I am going stay true to my Hong Kong roots in this recipe by using bean spouts. I have also replaced the cabbage with spring onions for some extra zests.

I hope you will enjoy this authentic Hong Kong recipe!

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serve: 2 - 3

Estimated Cost: $8

  • 1 pack of dried chuka soba noodles
  • 2 tablespoon of Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 large chicken breast,shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  •  2 tablespoons of soy sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  •  fresh bean sprouts 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking wine
  1. Marinate chicken in sesame oil, cooking wine, garlic powder and some salt and pepper for least 1 hour.
  2. Cook  noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes and then remove from the heat. Rinse the noodles in cold water and drain well to remove any excess water. The noodles can then be added to stir fries later
  3. Preheat 2 tablespoons of oil in a  pan, saute the onions pieces for 2 minutes, add in  chicken cubes and stir fry for a couple minutes until they changes colour and is cooked through.
  4. Add the bean sprouts,and noodles and soy sauce to the pan. Stir well until the everything is heated.
  5. Sprinkle spring onions pieces on top.
Husband Says: "Tastes like home. My Hong Kong home. Highest compliment I can give."
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    January 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM delete

    Lovely and delicious!Thanks for sharing!

    March 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM delete

    Oh wow .. that looks so yum! I'll have to try it soon (sans the chicken!) :)

    Maliha Sassin
    April 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM delete

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    May 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM delete

    Mmmm... yummy dish and very tasty. Well done!