Cantonese Soy Sauce Chow Mein. Chow mein noodles pan fried with onions, bean sprouts, soy sauce and sesame oil. Ready in 15 minutes with minimal ingredients!
Popular Chinese Dish
These Cantonese style pan fried noodles are a popular Chinese side dish often served at restaurants, Chinese takeaway or for dim sum. It pairs well with your favourite protein of choice and veggies because it’s so simple and versatile. You can also have these Chinese fried noodles for lunch or dinner.
What are Cantonese fried noodles?
They are steamed chow mein noodles pan fried in some oil along with green onions, yellow onions, bean sprouts and lightly coated in soy sauce with sesame oil and seeds.
Easy Soy Sauce Chow Mein Recipe
My Cantonese soy sauce pan-fried noodles recipe is easy to make at home! You are steaming the noodles for 5 minutes. After that, toss in the aromatics, then noodles and seasoning - mixing it all together. Finally, mix in the bean sprouts. It’s such a simple Asian dish anyone can make.
What You’ll Need
The below ingredients are required for these Cantonese soy sauce fried noodles. Please scroll down to the below Recipe card for full measurements:
- steamed Cantonese chow mein noodles
- bean sprouts
- green onion
- yellow onion
- regular soy sauce
- dark soy sauce
- sesame oil
- vegetable oil
- sesame seeds
How to Make Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles
Below are visuals to show you how to make my easy soy sauce chow mein. Please scroll down to the recipe card below to find full instructions and details.
Below are tips on making Cantonese chow mein pan fried noodles:
Do not boil the noodles
It is best to steam the noodles and not to boil them. As a result, boiling can cause soggy noodles. Furthermore, the water adds additional moisture to the noodles which isn’t needed.
Prepare all your ingredients ahead of time
The cooking process for these Cantonese noodles recipe will be super quick (only 5 minutes in the wok). Therefore, it's best to have all your ingredients lined up and ready to toss into the pan.
Thinly slice onions and green onions
This allows the aromatics to incorporate into the noodles more easily. See below recipe card for dimensions.
Wash the bean sprouts well
A few washes will help remove any odor. Make sure you use fresh bean sprouts. If you use bean sprouts that are older, it emits a funky smell.
Below are frequently asked questions about this Hong Kong style Cantonese pan fried noodles recipe:
What kind of noodles should I use?
Cantonese steamed chow mein noodles.
Where can I find these noodles?
Most Asian grocers will carry them in the fresh noodle section or freezer section.
What kind of soy sauce should I use?
Regular soy sauce and dark soy sauce. You can find these at the Asian grocer in the sauce aisle.
Can I substitute the soy sauce with a gluten free version?
Coconut aminos or tamari sauce are great substitutes. However, please add these seasonings to taste.
Can I use soybean sprouts?
Yes, soybean sprouts will work. However, they have a large bean attached to the sprout which offers a slight soy-like sauce.
What are Cantonese noodles made of?
Wheat flour, egg and water.
Other recipes you may like!
If you enjoyed my Cantonese soy sauce noodles recipe, you may enjoy these other recipes:
Chicken Shrimp Chow Mein
Chicken Tofu Vegetable Chow Mein
Chinese Lo Mein
Cantonese Vegetable Chow Mein
Chinese Veggie Lo Mein
Tofu Vegetable Chow Mein
In conclusion, I hope you give my Cantonese Soy Sauce Chow Mein a try and enjoy it!
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Easy Cantonese Soy Sauce Chow Mein
- 425 grams Cantonese Steamed Chow Mein Noodles
- 200 grams mung bean sprouts washed and strained thoroughly
- 1 medium size yellow onion sliced thinly
- 3 stalks green onion sliced into 1-inch-long pieces
- 2 tablespoon regular soy sauce not light or dark!
- 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil or any neutral tasting oil
- 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Slice your green and yellow onion into thin pieces as specified above.
- In a large wok or steamer, fill it with enough water. Place a wired rack into the steamer and your plate of chow mein noodles on top of the wired rack. Cover and steam the noodles over high heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove the wired rack and clean out the wok of it’s liquids. Set it over medium high heat. Wait for it to smoke. (If you’re using a non-stick pan, set the pan over medium heat and skip any smoking parts).
- Add oil and allow it smoke. Add yellow onions and cook until translucent. Lower heat to medium.
- Add green onions and give it a mix for 5 seconds.
- Add steamed noodles, regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
- Toss in bean sprouts until well combined with noodles.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Serve & enjoy!
Caleb - Never Ending Journeys
Chow Mein is one of my favorite meals, but I've never tried it with Soy Sauce. Thanks so much for this great idea!
Looks delicious, such a classic Chinese dish!
Tasia ~ two sugar bugs
The noodles look perfectly sauced!
this soy sauce chow mein is EXACTLY what I have been craving!! I just bought light & dark soy sauce, so this is what I'm making this weekend!
I am new to cooking Chinese food. What noodles do I purchase for this recipe? Are these chow mein noodles the dry, crisp ones?
You are looking for "Steamed Chow Mein Noodles" on the package. These noodles are made of egg, flour and water. When deep fried in oil they do become the dry crispy ones.
I cannot find steamed chow mein noodles anywhere just regular egg noodles and stir fry noodles. Any suggestions?
I would suggest using the stir fry noodles in your case.
The best!!!! I tried making this for the family last night - I only adjusted recipe by adding in shredded green cabbage to the mix! Was exactly like the dish at my favorite restaurant from when I was younger!!! SO GOOD! Great recipe! Thank you 🙂
Thank you for making my recipe Rachel! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and great idea to add some shredded cabbage 🙂 Have a lovely day!
I was able to get the fresh noodles at the local asian market. This dish turned out fab! Served alongside a broccolini with oyster sauce. Bomb.
So happy to hear you enjoyed my recipe Bethy! Thanks for making it and have a lovely day!
Is there a good way to make this dish gluten free? Is there a noodle substitute that you can think of that would work well?
I would suggest replacing the both dark and regular soy sauce with gluten free tamari sauce or coconut aminos. As for the noodles, any chewy thick or thin gluten free noodles should work. You can try rice noodles but they may be a bit sticky since the sauce is on the lighter side so feel free to add more sauce as needed for taste.