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Panda Express Chow Mein copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Panda Express Chow Mein


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I got lucky on the day I picked up a box of chow mein from this huge Chinese chain because they had just run out. This meant that I could watch from the sidelines as they whipped up a fresh batch in a giant wok over a high flame in the completely visible kitchen, and I was able to take plenty of mental notes. The whole dish took just a few minutes for the enthusiastic chef to prepare, and before I knew it I was out the door with a huge box of hot chow mein ready for hacking. 

Just like the real dish, the beauty in this re-creation is its simplicity. There are only seven ingredients, and the prep work is low-impact. I used dry chow mein noodles (also called Chinese stir fry noodles) which are easy to find and cheap, and dark soy sauce to get that great caramel color. And if you don’t have a wok for this, a large skillet with sloped sides for tossing will work just fine.

Find more of your favorite Panda Express copycat recipes like fried rice and firecracker chicken here

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  • 8 ounces dry chow mein noodles
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil
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Heather Leal
Sep 12, 2021, 20:24

I had to make this one immediately. This was so fast and easy, and JUST LIKE PANDA! Thanks!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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