Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

Who doesn’t love chow mein? I mean really….I can live off this stuff! Anytime I order takeout I always order chow mein on the side, even if I already ordered rice. This is a copycat to the chow mein you get at Panda Express, and I love Panda Express, but homemade is always better. Especially how easy this recipe is, and you know exactly whats going in your food. I had 3 bowls of chow mein today just to let you know how yummy this is, and I’m about to get another one 🙂

Panda Express Chow Mein

I know Panda Express isn’t big in Canada, so to those who are not sure what it is, Panda Express is a Chinese “fast food” type of restaurant that is pretty delicious. I realized that so far most of my visitors are Canadian, so I just wanted to clear that up.

I have been making all Asian inspired dishes in my kitchen this week, and its hard to choose which recipe I love most. I was trying to figure it out, and I honestly cant choose one! They are all uniquely delicious in there own way. I have more Asian inspired recipes that I would love to share with you, I just couldn’t fit them all in one week! So I’m definitely going to have another dedicated week to all Asian inspired dishes, because I just LOVE Asian food!!!

Panda Express Chow Mein

(Don’t buy the pre-shredded carrots package. Shred whole carrots yourself, because the packaged carrots will give a different result.)



A yummy copycat to Panda Express Chow Mein.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tsp. brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/4 tsp. peppercorn medley
  • 2 packages (5.6-ounce) of Yaki-Soba/Chow Mein noodles (discard seasoning packets)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced in small pieces
  • 2-3 medium carrots, shredded (about 1 cup when shredded)
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and peppercorn medley in a small bowl to set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and add Yaki-Soba (chow mein) noodles. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until loosened. Drain.
  3. Heat olive oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery, and cook until tender stirring frequently, around 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in carrots and cabbage and cook for another minute or so, until heated through.
  5. Add in Yaki-Soba (chow mein) noodles and soy sauce mixture, then mix well to combine and evenly coat.


Adapted from: copykat


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