Better than takeout, quick easy stir-fried vegetarian chow mein is packed with vegetables and coated in a delicious savoury sauce. Make it in 15 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 200 grams chow mein noodles (6 oz.)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon white pepper (or to taste)
- 1-2 tablespoons water (if needed)
- 1 large bunch bok choy, base trimmed and discarded
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds (for garnish)
- Heat oil in a large skillet or wok for 2 minutes over medium-high heat until the oil is sizzling hot. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
- Add chow mein noodles, soy sauce, sugar and white pepper (add too taste if you don't like too much pepper). Stir fry for 3 minutes until the noodles soften. Stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons water if the noodle mixture becomes too dry.
- Add bok choy, bean sprouts and sesame oil and reduce the heat to medium. Stir fry continuously until bok choy becomes medium soft, about 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook as you want the bok choy and bean sprouts to still be firm and not soggy.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and serve hot.
Prep the ingredients before you start: Have all your ingredients prepped and ready before you begin. Stir-frying in general is a very fast process and by having your ingredients prepped and within hands reach, it will ensure that everything goes smoothly.
How to customize: You can add or substitute in any vegetables that you have. This recipe is great way for clearing out your refrigerator of any vegetables. Some of my favourites to add are carrots, red peppers, and broccoli.
How to store: This vegetarian chow mein is best served fresh. Once the noodles start going cold, they might start sticking together and get a little stiff. If you happen to have leftovers, you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, steam the noodles, heat on a skillet with a splash of water, or heat in the microwave.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Noodles
- Method: Stir Fry
- Cuisine: Chinese
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