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Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


Our Panda Express chow mein copycat recipe is so easy to recreate at home.  Learn how to make this popular side dish using vegetables, noodles, and a homemade sauce.  It's ready in minutes and is completely customizable and absolutely delicious.


  • 3 tablespoons classic olive oil (45 ml)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped or thinly sliced (62g)
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced on the bias, optional (52g)
  • 1 1/2 cup green cabbage, sliced (100g)
  • 8 ounces chow mein or stir fry noodles (225g) or
  • 3 tablespoons liquid aminos or dark soy sauce (45 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce (30 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Whisk together the liquid aminos or soy sauce, oyster sauce, and mirin in a small bowl.
  2. Heat up the olive oil over medium high heat in a wok.  Add the onion and optional celery and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cabbage and cook for a minute, while stirring constantly with a large wooden spoon.
  4. Add the cooked noodles and the sauce.  Cook until heated through, roughly 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add sesame oil and a bit of salt.  Serve while still hot.


  • Prep everything before starting.
  • Since the noodles will finish cooking in the wok, undercook them by one minute.
  • To be like Panda Express, you'll want a noodle that has some tooth to it and is a bit chewy.  We used Hokan Chinese mein noodles for the photos.  The brand and type of noodles will affect the calories.
  • For a more authentic noodle, try Wan Hua Foods Stir Fry Noodles or Japaneses Yaki Soba Noodles.
  • A dark soy sauce will make your noodles look more like the Panda Express ones.
  • To prevent sticking, toss the noodles with oil.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Panda Express chow mein calories, nutrition