Vegetable Chow Mein

What could be better than filling  your plate with a big helping of fried chow mein noodles? If the thought makes your mouth water, you are going to love this week’s recipe at the cafe!

Chinese Chow Mein Noodles: College Recipe Cafe

Never cooked chow mein noodles before?  Not a problem grasshopper.

I have total confidence that YOU can prepare these  Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles and make them taste as good, if not better, than what the local Chinese restaurant is pushing in your neighborhood.

Fried Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles: College Recipe Cafe

Just have every ingredient ready to go before the heat hits the pan. Want another ancient Chinese cooking secret from a Canadian guy with a Polish, Italian, English background?  Here it is anyways; cool the cooked chow mein noodles before you fry them in the hot skillet.  I don’t know exactly why it makes a difference, but it does.

Chow Mein Noodles

In case you are wondering, here ⇑ are the noodles you are looking for at the grocery store .

Homemade Chow Mein Noodles: College Recipe Cafe

And, don’t be shy with the soy sauce if you think your fried noodles need more than I suggest in the recipe. 

Hop in the comments or tag me on Instagram @CollegeRecipeCafe if you make these chow mein noodles and tell me how it went. You got this!!! 

Vegetable Chow Mein

Makes: 2 Helpings ~ Cost: $2.02 ~ Takes: 15 minutes 

Download Printable Recipe


130 g / 4.5 oz chow mein noodles, about 3 cups / $0.40
3 teaspoons butter, divided / $0.24
1 egg whisked / $0.23
1/2 onion, diced / $0.37
1/2 red bell pepper, diced / $0.40
1 clove garlic, minced / $0.05
1/4 cup frozen peas / $0.18
1 1/2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce / $0.10
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil / $0.05


  1. In a deep skillet or wok, boil chow mein noodles according to package directions (takes 3 minutes). Drain noodles in a strainer and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  2. In the same skillet or wok, melt 1 teaspoon of butter over medium-low heat. Once butter has melted, add egg. Cook and stir until egg is scrambled, about 1 minute. Remove egg from skillet and transfer to a plate.
  3. Add remaining 2 teaspoons of butter to skillet. Heat over medium heat until melted. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add cooked noodles, peas and soy sauce. Cook and stir to for 2 minutes to fry noodles. Remove skillet from heat.
  4. Stir in cooked eggs and sesame oil. Dig in!

How to make Fried Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles

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