COPYCAT PANDA EXPRESS CHOW MEIN — Featuring seasoned ramen noodles with cabbage and celery, this easy copycat recipe will make you feel like you’re eating at your favorite fast food Chinese restaurant.
My husband and boys love Panda Express. Honestly, I love it too. And much to my surprise, one of my husband’s favorite Panda Express dishes is their chow mein. So he was thrilled when I made this Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein at home.
Whenever we eat at any Chinese restaurant, my husband always orders some kind of noodle dish. What surprised me though, is that he can’t stand cabbage. Unless it’s in Panda Express chow mein.
So basically, this is the only way I can serve cabbage at my house that people won’t complain about. Personally, I love cabbage! Maybe if I make these noodles often enough, the rest of my family will learn to love it too.
Best of all, this recipe is so easy to make, so it’s definitely something I can serve often. And living with hungry boys (including two college students), you can bet I always have ramen noodles on hand.
But my family devours these noodles as is, cabbage and all, so I usually stick with the basic recipe and serve it alongside a meat dish like sweet and sour chicken or Kung Pao chicken.
And these noodles are so easy to make, my boys can whip them up while I focus on the main dish. I’m telling you, it may seem like a mess and a hassle to teach your kids to cook while they’re young, but it definitely pays off later to have a few extra sous chefs in the kitchen.
Making an Asian themed take-out style meal is definitely a fun way to get your family cooking together, and you’re going to want these Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein noodles on the menu!
Note: my family really loves these noodles, so this recipe makes enough to feed a small army. If you’re feeding less hungry people, or don’t like leftovers, feel free to half the recipe.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein
- Ramen noodles
- Vegetable oil
- Sesame oil
- Produce: onions, cabbage, celery
- Soy sauce
- Fish sauce
- 4 packages ramen noodles
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2-3 cups thinly sliced cabbage
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook ramen noodles according to package instructions and drain (discard seasoning packets)
- Heat vegetable and sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the onion, cabbage and celery and cook until just tender, 5-6 minutes.
- Add the noodles to the skillet and toss with the vegetables. Stir in the soy sauce and fish sauce and toss to coat well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 233 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1249mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Protein: 6g
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