I’m just now realizing I’ve been on a copycat recipes streak lately. ha! I recently shared the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, IHOP Pancakes and today’s copycat is Panda Express’ Chow Mein! I have to say this one is my favorite. It tastes like the one from Panda Express but better!
I tricked my kids when I served this yummy chow mein with our favorite baked sweet and sour chicken. I made the noodles and photographed them while they were at school, so when I served it at dinner they thought I had picked it up from the restaurant. They ate it up in just minutes and all asked for seconds. After we were finished eating I told them that I had made it from scratch! They couldn’t believe it. Kallen said, “Mom, yours is WAY better than Pandas!” 😀 Gosh, I love that kid. And I agreed with him 100%.
Another bonus about this recipe is that it is easy. TOO easy. Literally ready in about 8 minutes or so, and that’s just because you have to chop up a few vegetables! Two of the ingredients may not be familiar to you. Oyster sauce and the Yakisoba noodles. I took photos of those products so you could see them. You can find Oyster sauce in the Asian food section of your grocery store- right by the soy sauce. The noodles are in the produce section. The Yakisoba brand has a few different noodle options. I used the stir-fry noodles that are refrigerated. So just FYI.
I hope you all give this delicious recipe a try and let me know what you think! I know I’ll definitely be making them again in the near future. 🙂
- 2 ( 7.32 oz.) packages refrigerated Stir-Fry Yakisoba Noodles (discard spice packet)
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ small yellow onion, chopped
- ¾ cup chopped green cabbage
- ⅓ cup chopped celery
- 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoons oyster sauce
- Heat a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil to skillet and heat. Then add chopped onion, cabbage and celery. Stir and cook until vegetables start to caramelize and are tender. Reduce heat to medium-low.
- Meanwhile, cook noodles in microwave for 1 minute (according to package instructions.)
- Rinse noodles in warm water and drain. Add to vegetables in skillet. Pour in soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir until everything is combined. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: Dinner, then Dessert