chow mein

An Amazing Chow Mein Dish in 5 Easy Steps!

My parents divorced when I was pretty little about 6 years old. I never took it hard. It just meant that I got more one-on-one time with each. Also, it’s pretty awesome to go from a screaming, hate-filled household to two calmer, more peaceful ones.

Because of my parents’ divorce, I was able to have bonding times with each parent that I wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise. Also, they were different from what most kids had when I was growing up. While, I was predominantly at my mom’s, I would see my dad anywhere from once a week to entire weeks at a time. During those times we got into our own groove of bonding times and things we enjoyed doing together.

From about age 9-14, Chinese food was our thing. We would sometimes go out to a restaurant to eat, but more often than not, we’d swing by Safeway and get the crappiest Chinese food on the planet. I loved it! It was the best to me at that point. Part of what made it so great was that I had earned that food. It always came after a full day on the farm working hard. We would get home, open our food, get comfy in front of the tv and watch The Simpsons. That was another one of our staple bonding times: The Simpsons.

When we’d go to Safeway for crappy, crappy Chinese food, I would always get the chow mein noodles. I thought that stuff was the best. Then I grew up and learned how terrible Safeway’s is, but I still look on it fondly, and I still like chow mein. I just like good chow mein.

Luckily for you and me, this chow mein recipe is awesome! I highly recommend it. I’ve made it before during bouts of nostalgia. It really hits the spot.

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Chow mein can make a great meal on its own, and it, of course, makes a wonderful side dish. This recipe is incredibly simple. We’re sure you’ll love it! 😀

Thanks to Sabrina at Dinner then Dessert for this WONDERFUL recipe!


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ head cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (aka Kecap Manis)
  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles, cooked a minute shy of the directions
  • 6 ounces bean sprouts (optional)
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat a large pan or wok on high heat.
  2. Add two tablespoons of canola oil to the pan and cook the cabbage.
  3. Cook 2-3 minutes until wilted, add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Add the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce and water and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  5. Add in the pasta and bean sprouts and toss to coat. Serve immediately

Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Dinner then Dessert.

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