Panda Express Chow Mein is one of their most requested side dishes. You can make this at home, and when you do, it tastes even better than it does in the restaurant.
Panda Express has to be one of my favorite fast-food restaurants. They make everything there with fresh ingredients. Everything is made fresh all day long. Perhaps in you are an area where you don’t happen to be near a Panda Express, but you still want their chow mein, I want to help you unravel this mystery.
Ingredients for Panda Express Chow Mein
If you live in a large metropolitan area you can find lo mein noodles in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Many large grocery stores carry these noodles. I went to my Asian market to get mine, they are inexpensive, and they make a large amount if you use the whole bag. If you can’t find the fresh noodles there is a dry variety, Yakisoba that will work well. I don’t suggest using pasta noodles, you really need this type of noodle the wheat flour holds up better than the noodles in the Italian pasta.
This recipe contains cabbage. If you have it available, I think the napa cabbage tastes better, if you don’t have it on hand, you can use regular green cabbage, your choice, but I think the napa is closer to what is served. The recipe also will need white onions and celery.
This dish is made up of a lovely Asian sauce. You can find these ingredients at your local grocery store. Any store with a tiny Asian section will have these ingredients, and this makes up a delicious stir fry sauce that you will love in any stir fry recipe. We are going to use cooking wine, I like to pick this up in the Asian section of my store. If you don’t have that on hand, a dry Sherry will work. We will also need Oyster sauce, Hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic, and green onions.
Don’t worry, you can use the Oyster sauce and the Hoisin sauce in many other dishes. They add a lot of flavor to sauces, and they make some most excellent ribs.
Now we are ready to make this dish inspired by Panda Express. If you enjoyed this dish I hope you try these other dishes inspired by Panda Express:
Panda Express Broccoli Beef
Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons
Panda Express Chow Mein
Lo Mein Sauce
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cooking wine
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced
- 2 tablespoons green onions minced
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
Chow Mein Ingredients
- 14 ounces lo mein noodles or 2 packages of Yakisoba noodles (dry) prepared without seasoning packages
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil (use vegetable, olive oil, or oil of your choice)
- 2 cups napa cabbage sliced
- 1 large sliced white onion
- 3 celery stalks cut diagonally into 1/4 inch slices
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, green onions, and sesame oil; set aside.
- Prepare lo mein noodles by placing in boiling water. Cook according to package directions. When noodles are done, drain them.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3-4 minutes, the onions will begin to become translucent. Stir in cabbage until heated through, about 1 minute. Add noodles, and 1/2 cup of sauce, stir until well combined and the noodles are heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately