Chinese food is such a crowd pleaser.
This pork chow mein tastes better than anything you could order from a takeout and it is much healthier.
It is ready in less than 20 minutes, so you will have time to make it, even on a really busy weeknight.
It is a meal that the whole family will enjoy but it is also tasty enough to cook for a special date night.
Keep reading to find out how to make this lovely pork chow mein.
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What Do You Need?
To make this pork chow mein you need a large wok or frying pan. You also need two bowls – one to soak the noodles and one to prepare the sauce.
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You will need to prepare the garlic and the ginger using a knife and a chopping board.
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Tips And Tricks
This is a simple weeknight meal that always goes down well. If you want to make sure it turns out perfectly just follow these simple tricks and tips.
- Noodles – Make sure you soak the noodles so that they cook nice and quickly once you add them to the chow mein. Check the packet to see exactly how long to soak them for as it could vary depending on the brand you are using.
- Heat – You need to have the heat quite high in order to cook all of the ingredients quickly. However, if the oil is too hot then it will scorch the garlic and give the chow mein a burnt flavour.
- Pork – This is a great recipe to make if you have some leftover shredded pork from another meal. A little bit of pork will go a long way. If you don’t have any leftover shredded pork then you can make some yourself or buy it pre-shredded from the store.
- Vegetables – Using a bag of pre-prepared coleslaw mix or stir fry mix will save you a lot of time. If you aren’t in a rush then you can buy the vegetables individually and chop them up yourself. We recommend you make sure they are chopped nice and finely so that they cook quickly.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
This pork chow mein recipe is very versatile and easy to customise. Here are some ideas you could try.
- Pork – The barbecue shredded pork used in this recipe is soft and delicious, but you could use a different type of meat. Shredded chicken or shredded beef brisket would be lovely. You could also use chunks of chicken, beef or pork and fry them in the work before you add the other ingredients.
- Vegetarian – If you want to make this a vegetarian recipe then leave out the pork or swap it for some extra vegetable or tofu. Switch the chicken stock for vegetable stock and you have a vegetarian and vegan friendly meal.
- Noodles – Medium egg noodles are usually used in this recipe, but you can use different noodles if you prefer. Vermicelli noodles, rice noodles or thick and chewy noodles would bring something different to the dish.
- Vegetables – The pre-prepared bags of stir fry mix and coleslaw mix are really convenient, but they might not contain the type of vegetables that you want to use in your chow mein. You could prepare your own vegetables, like onions, bell peppers, Asian cabbage and peas.
- Other Ingredients – As well as choosing your own vegetables, you might also want to add some other ingredients like bean sprouts, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots.
- Spice – if you like your food with a bit of kick then you can spice up your chow mein by adding fresh chopped chillies along with the garlic. You could also use some chilli powder in the sauce mix, or throw in some chilli flakes while you are stir frying the ingredients.
- Sauce – The sauce in this recipe will taste like a classic chow mein. You can easily adapt this recipe to make different noodle dishes. You could try a peanut sauce, a hoisin sauce, or a teriyaki sauce. There are lots of options to switch up the sauce and create various meals.
Don’t forget that any changes you make to the recipe will change the number of calories per serving.