Hello everyone! Let’s see a raise of hands for those who have been to Panda Express? Phew, am I not the only one who loves it?? See, back where I used to live, the only Chinese food I had was occasional buffets; they were good, but I have to say Panda Express is just better. I think it is the busy environment, the light colors, and the clean restaurant. Call me weird, I just love the place! After eating it once a week for about a month, I finally decided to replicate it in my kitchen.
So, here is how it went folks…not quite as good as the original, but a whole lot cheaper, better, and faster than I thought! I absolutely encourage you all to try it, if you like Chinese food!
I got the recipe of a lovely little blog called “Favorite Family Recipes.” Please check out the original recipe here.
Panda Express-Chow Mein
Note: The soy sauce mixture below is doubled from the original recipe, to give it more flavor.
- 1/2 c. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 (5.6 oz) packages refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles (I used angel hair noodles)
- 2/3 c. chopped celery (chopped diagonally)
- 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
- 2 c. chopped cabbage
(I used a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables in place of the fresh ones)
- In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper. Set aside.
- Remove Yaki Soba from packages and discard included flavoring packets. Rinse noodles well, (or if using regular angel hair noodles, cook them) drain, and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add celery and onion and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until onions start to become soft and transparent. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
- Toss Yaki Soba noodles and soy sauce mixture with the vegetables over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.