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The Secret to Perfectly Crispy Hong Kong Chow Mein at Home

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Hong Kong–style chow mein

Hong Kong–style chow mein

What Is Hong Kong–Style Chow Mein?

Hong Kong–style chow mein is a savory dish made with crispy stir-fried noodles and a thick gravy-like sauce. The main ingredients for this recipe include chow mein noodles, sliced meat, vegetables, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, and oil.


  • 8 ounces chow mein noodles
  • 1 pound boneless beef or pork, sliced thin
  • 2 cups cabbage, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 2 green onions, sliced, for garnish


  1. Cook the chow mein noodles according to the package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch.
  3. Heat oil in a wok or large pan over high heat. Add the beef or pork and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  4. Add the garlic and continue to stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the vegetables and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly wilted.
  6. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil.
  7. Stir in the oyster sauce mixture and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  8. Add the cooked noodles to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce.
  9. Garnish with green onions and serve hot.

Note: You can also use chicken or shrimp instead of beef, and you can adjust the vegetables to your preference.

Yield: This recipe serves four, and you can adjust the ingredient quantity accordingly.

La Choy chow mein noodles

La Choy chow mein noodles


La Choy Chow Mein

In the old days, when I was growing up, the La Choy brand was our link to Chinese food in many corners of America. Before Chinese restaurants showed up in the rural U.S., these items on grocery store shelves were our gateway to China.

In our local Safeway, the Chinese department consisted of a single shelf. It held soy sauce, La Choy chow mein in three flavors (chicken, beef, and vegetable), and canned noodles.

I was surprised when I did some research and found that La Choy was founded in Detroit in 1922. By the end of the 1920s, their products were stocked in grocery stores all over the country.

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