I can get Junior to try any restaurant as long as they serve some kind of noodles. His favorite Chinese dish is Lo Mein. You’ll see variations, but generally Lo Mein is a soft noodle and Chow Mein is a crisp noodle. Technically this dish is a stir-fried noodle, so you could call it Chow Mein, but since the noodles are soft…
The heck with it. We’ll call it “Yummy Chinese Restaurant Noodles.”
I started with this recipe from Favorite Family Recipes.
Restaurant Style Lo Mein
- 1/4 c. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 (5.6 oz) packages refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles (found in the produce section of the grocery store.. usually the 3 packages are sold together in one 17oz. pack)
- 2/3 c. chopped celery (chopped diagonally)
- 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
- 2 c. chopped cabbage
In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper. Set aside. Remove Yaki Soba from packages and discard included flavoring packets. Rinse noodles well, drain, and set aside.
Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add celery and onion and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until onions start to become soft and transparent. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
Toss Yaki Soba noodles and soy sauce mixture with the vegetables over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.
We went to the store just for a bit of raw ginger, because if there’s a trick here it’s to follow the sauce recipe closely. I added thin-sliced carrots and bok choy (Chinese cabbage) instead of regular cabbage, and some cooked chicken and a handful of tiny shrimp for protein.
It was delicious!