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Chinese Noodle Recipes


Thick or thin, sold dry or fresh, made with wheat, rice or mung bean flour, noodles are a staple in Chinese cooking. From Szechuan Dan Dan Mein to hearty northern Noodles With Meat Sauce, and a quick and easy lo mein dish, here is a selection of Chinese noodle recipes.

1. Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken chow mein
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In this recipe noodles are paired with chicken and a colorful assortment of vegetables, including bok choy, celery and red bell pepper, in an oyster-flavored sauce.

Baked Chicken Chow Mein -a healthier lower fat version, from chef Stephen Wong.

2. Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein with snow peas and mushrooms
This saucy noodle dish pairs chicken with snow peas and mushrooms.

3. Chinese Noodles in Peanut Sauce

In this recipe thin Hakka noodles are tossed with a delicious dressing that includes sesame paste, sesame oil, two types of soy sauce and honey. Roasted peanuts add the final touch. This recipe from a reader is rated at 5 out of 5 stars.

4. Shanghai Stir-fry Noodles (With Chicken)

This recipe is made with Shanghai noodles, thick noodles that absorb the flavors of the hoisin sauce added near the end of cooking.

5. Szechuan Noodles

With chicken, shrimp, and a spicy sauce made with hot chili oil.

6. Noodles With Meat Sauce

A dish from northern China, with noodles coated in a hearty meat sauce made with ground pork or beef, hoisin sauce and brown bean sauce. Serve it as is, or in the traditional style with an assortment of vegetable garnishes.

7. Pan Fried Noodles

This recipe goes by several different names, including "both sides browned" and "twice browned" noodles. In all cases the boiled noodles are browned on one side, then turned over and cooked on the other side. If desired, the noodles can be placed in a cake pan before frying so that it forms a more attractive shape, but this isn't necessary. After frying, the noodles should be browned on the outside, and tender inside.

8. Singapore Noodles

Despite the name, you won’t find this popular noodle dish anywhere in Singapore. While its exact origins are unclear, Singapore Noodles first became popular in Europe, before appearing in North American Chinese take-outs sometime in the 1980’s. Thin rice vermicelli noodles are paired with vegetables and other ingredients and seasoned with curry powder. This recipe (made with shrimp) has been reader-rated at 5 out of 5 stars.

9. Longevity Noodles

Noodles symbolize a long life in Chinese culture, so it's no surprise that you’ll frequently find this popular dish served on birthdays and other festive occasions.

10. Ants Climbing a Tree

The Szechuan dish consisting of bits of ground pork (the ants) on a “tree” or “log” of glass noodles (transparent noodles that are also known as Chinese vermicelli, bean thread or cellphane noodles).

11. Shrimp Lo Mein With Three Vegetables

A saucy side dish with marinated shrimp and a colorful assortment of vegetables, including cabbage, bamboo shoots, and red bell pepper.

12. Hand Pulled Noodles

Chef Tomm Johnson provides a recipe and shares his technique for preparing the noodles.

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