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Vegetarian Chow Mein

Updated on December 15, 2011

Vegetarian Chow Mein

I make this chow mein recipe regularly for my meat eating son, but if I cook it all up first and cook his meat separately it is relatively easy to make two different meals within one so to speak.


Cooking oil

1 onion sliced

1 clove of garlic, crushed

6 mushrooms sliced

chopped carrot, celery, red capsicum

Tofu - diced

2 portions of egg noodles


In a wok or suitable pan with a little oil, saute onion over gentle heat till clear, add garlic and and continue to stir fry for two minutes. Add carrot, celery and capsicum. Cook for a further few minutes until the vegetables are softened. Add mushrooms. Use more oil as needed to avoid burning the ingredients.

Next bring enough water to the boil to cook two portions of egg noodles. Add these and stir with fork to break up. When they are cooked enough to free up drain and add to the vegetables.


2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Mix the above ingredients together and pour over the noodles and vegetables. Add some water if required to keep the mixture moist and moving.


  1. Fry up diced firm tofu and add along with vegetables when making the vegetarian version.
  2. Fry up strips of suitable steak in a separate pan to add to the chow mein after serving for meat eaters.
  3. Fry up tofu and steak in separate pans to make a version of each. Some meat eaters wont come at the tofu, however with the above sauce it tastes really nice. May need  a little more sauce when using tofu as it absorbs flavours well.
  4. Make an egg omelet and cut the omelet into strips and use as a garnish on any or all of these versions or as its own vegetarian version.


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    • tebo profile image

      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Victoria Lynn. Yes you are right it does taste good and is quick and easy. Thanks for commenting.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks great. Very tasty! And pretty easy, too! :-)

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      It is delicious. The flavours are great. Hope you enjoy.

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      That’s definitely something I want to try. It looks delicious!

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I really like it. Sometimes vegetarian meals can be a bit bland, but I must say this one really interests the taste buds. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great looking recipe. Love the photos. It sounds delicious.

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      tebo 6 years ago

      I take it you put soy sauce with it. The combination of rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar does taste nice. Not too much vinegar though otherwise it takes over.

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      Suramya.K 6 years ago

      Ahh, Chowmein is one of my favorites. We have lots of noodles in snacks. Noodles is something like gravy and soupy. When I'm a bit energetic, I like to cook chowmein. We sometimes have chowmein for dinner and nothing, we love it!

      However, we don't put vinegar and tofu, just a simple one. Seems like its a lot tastier with tofu and vinegar.

      My mouth is watering!!

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes it is quite tasty. The tofu absorbs the sauce flavours really well which is good as tofu is quite tasteless otherwise. Thanks for the comment.

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      Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France

      Looks delicious! I wish tofu was more readily available in France...

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Its quite simple really and I just put in however much of each ingredient as I think makes a good balance, except the sauce needs to be in the ratio that I have written. Thanks for the comment.

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      McGilwriter 6 years ago from Florida

      Nice recipe. I'll have to give ti a try!