Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

Skip the takeout and recreate your favorite noodle dish cheaper and better at home! Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat recipe is ready in minutes and tastes just like the restaurant. This vegetarian stir-fry is hearty, tasty, and sure to satisfy your Chinese food cravings!

Now that I am blogging full-time at home, I no longer have the excuse of “I’m too tired” to cook. Besides, G and I both agreed to streamline our household food expenses, which means less eating out and more home-cooked meals for us.

So what does one do when she’s craving for her favorite Panda Express chow mein, but she’s too cheap to cough up the dough? She learns how to make it herself.

Good thing Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat is quick and easy to recreate at home. So quick and easy, in fact, it’s ready to enjoy in less time it would take to wait in line at the restaurant!

Plus, there are no fancy ingredients to drive around town for. Well, maybe the noodles, but everything else you can find at most major supermarkets.

Cooking Tips

  • Stir-frying is a quick process so have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start.
  • To prevent the noodles from getting soggy, cook them about 1 minute or so less than the suggested cook time on the package and rinse in cold water right away. They will finish off when stir-fried with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cut the vegetables in uniform and bite sizes to ensure even and fast cooking.
  • The sauce will taste pretty strong and salty but don’t worry, it will balance out once mixed in with the rest of ingredients.
  • To toss the ingredients freely and without spills, use a wok or a wide skillet with high sloping sides.
  • Use tongs to stir-fry to help keep the noodles intact and lessen breakage.
  • Cook on high heat to sear the food quickly and to lock in the vegetables’ natural juices.

How to store leftovers

Keep in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave at 1 to 2-minute intervals or until completely warmed through.

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