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Video:How to Make Vegetable Chow Mein

with Stephanie Gallagher

This vegetable chow mein recipe is made with water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, celery, red bell peppers, mung bean sprouts and noodles.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Vegetable Chow Mein

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, we're making vegetable chow mein from our Chinese Food site.

Ingredients for Vegetable Chow Mein

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1 can bamboo shoots
  • 8 oz. fresh egg noodles (and if you can't find fresh noodles, just use a dried Italian linguine)
  • 2 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced ginger (you can buy it pre-minced in many supermarkets or just buy ginger root and mince it yourself)
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 2 celery stalks, cut diagonally into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Chinese rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts, rinsed

Instructions for Making Vegetable Chow Mein

Start by rinsing the water chestnuts under cool running water. You want to get that tinny taste off. Do the same with the bamboo shoots. And set them aside. Cook the noodles in boiling water according to the package directions. For fresh, noodles, that will probably be 2-4 minutes. Use a spaghetti fork or chop sticks to break up the noodles if they're sticky. Drain the noodles and set aside.Heat a wok over medium high heat, and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the minced ginger and stir fry until it becomes aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the water chestnuts, stir fry briefly, then add the bamboo shoots, and give them a quick stir.

Now add the remaining vegetables, except for the bean sprouts.Stir-fry the vegetables for a minute or so, then add the noodles, and the dark soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar. Stir fry everything together briefly. Now stir in the bean sprouts. Cook a few minutes to mix the flavors.Serve the vegetable chow mein immediately.

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