Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

I love Panda Express, and my favorite dish to get from them is the orange chicken with a side of "chow mein".  In my opinion what they call chow mein is actually lo mein.  The chow mein that I make is a wetter dish with more vegetables and served over crispy noodles.  Oh call it what you may, this "chow mein" copycat recipe was so close to the real thing, except the noodles.  I know that is a big part of the dish but the vegetable to noodle ratio was correct and the flavor was right on.  I thought the noodles were too soft and soggy.

I love Panda Express, and my favorite dish to get from them is the orange chicken with a side of “chow mein”. In my opinion what they call chow mein is actually lo mein. The chow mein that I make is a wetter dish with more vegetables and served over crispy noodles. Oh call it what you may, this “chow mein” copycat recipe was so close to the real thing, except the noodles. I know that is a big part of the dish but the vegetable to noodle ratio was correct and the flavor was right on. I thought the noodles were too soft and soggy.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

6 Servings

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

I love Panda Express, and my favorite dish to get from them is the orange chicken with a side of "chow mein". In my opinion what they call chow mein is actually lo mein. The chow mein that I make is a wetter dish with more vegetables and served over crispy noodles. Oh call it what you may, this "chow mein" copycat recipe was so close to the real thing, except the noodles. I know that is a big part of the dish but the vegetable to noodle ratio was correct and the flavor was right on. I thought the noodles were too soft and soggy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespooon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons wok oil
  • 15 ounces Yaki Soba noodles
  • 2/3 cup celery, chopped diagonally
  • 1 white onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups napa cabbage, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger and pepper, set aside.
  2. Rinse noodles, drain and set aside.
  3. Heat wok oil in a wok or skillet.
  4. Saute celery and onions for about 1-2 minutes or until onions become translucent.
  5. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
  6. Toss the noodles in with the veggie mixture.
  7. Pour soy sauce mix over noodles and toss to blend well.
  8. Continue to cook over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.
  9. Serve immediately with your favorite orange chicken dish.

Notes

If you can not find Yaki Soba noodles than you can use the package of noodles that are in the prepackaged noodle bowls as long as they are wet and not dry.

http://www.thehungryhoarder.com/2013/02/10/panda-express-chow-mein-copycat/

Recipe slightly adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

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