Vegan Chow Mein Noodles

What should you cook for dinner when you are tired and just got back from work? For me, stir-fried noodles can never go wrong. I can just toss any leftover vegetables and meats in a pan along with my favourite stir-fry sauce and the noodles.

My family has a long-time tradition of fasting twice a month. Thus, we don’t consume animal products during that time. My mother often makes a big pan of stir-fried noodles for us because it is fast and she can use up any leftovers we have in the fridge.

Today, I’m gonna share our vegan chow mein noodles recipe. If you want to add more protein, feel free to serve these with fried tofu, roast chicken or any meat of your choice.

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INGREDIENTS

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

For the Chow Mein Noodles:

  • 125g dry Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 cup Chinese cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • A thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil

METHOD

Cook the noodles according to the package direction, but don’t cook them all the way through. The noodles should be a little bit firmer since you will cook them again in the pan with the other ingredients.

Drain and set the noodles aside.

Finely mince the ginger and garlic.

Thinly slice onion, carrot and Chinese cabbage, then set aside.

Heat some vegetable oil in a large pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and garlic in and stir-fry until fragrant.

Add the carrot in and stir fry for 2-3 mins. I always put 1-2 tbsp of water in at this point, give it a quick stir then cover the pan with a lid. I love using the steam to cook my vegetables in a stir fry. It’s definitely healthier than add more oil in 😉

Add the Chinese cabbage, spinach and another tablespoon of water, stir the pan and put the lid on again.

In the meantime, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sriracha in a bowl. When all the vegetables are soft, put half of your sauce in and cook for 1 minute.

Make a hole in the middle of the pan. Add the noodles in and the rest of the sauce.

Keep stirring and mixing everything in the pan until the sauce has coated everything beautifully and the noodles are al dente.

Turn off the heat. Drizzle the sesame oil on top and give it another stir. Serve hot.

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