Chow mein with pork and green vegetables

A mixture of green vegetables adds colour and crispness to this simple noodle stir–fry with pork and dried mushrooms. Chinese egg noodles are prepared more quickly than Western pasta they only need brief soaking – so this dish can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Chow mein with pork and green vegetables


  • 25 g dried Chinese mushrooms or shiitake
  • chicken or vegetable stock (optional – see method)
  • 350 g Chinese egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 fresh red or green chilli, seeded and finely chopped, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five–spice
  • 200 g pork fillet, trimmed and cut into strips
  • 2 green capsicums, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 100 g small broccoli florets
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine (sake or mirin) or dry sherry
  • 2 cups (90 g) bean sprouts, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oilfresh coriander leaves to garnish


  1. Place the mushrooms in a small bowl and pour in enough boiling water to cover them.
  2. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. Line a sieve with muslin or paper towel and place it over a bowl, then pour the mushrooms and their soaking liquid into it.
  4. Measure the strained liquid and make it up to 100 ml with stock if necessary, then set aside.
  5. Discard any tough stalks from the mushrooms, slice the caps and set aside.
  6. While the mushrooms are soaking, place the noodles in a large mixing bowl and pour in enough boiling water to cover them generously.
  7. Leave to soak for 4 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until tender.
  8. Drain well and set aside.
  9. Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat.
  10. Add 1 tablespoon of the sunflower oil and, when it is hot, stir in the garlic, ginger, chilli and Chinese five–spice.
  11. Stir–fry for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  12. Add the strips of pork and continue stir–frying for about 2 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  13. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pork from the wok and set it aside.
  14. Add the remaining oil to the wok and heat until it is almost smoking.
  15. Stir in the capsicums, broccoli, celery and mushrooms, and stir–fry for 2 minutes.
  16. Stir in the mushroom liquid, soy sauce and rice wine or sherry, then return the pork to the wok.
  17. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute or until the pork is reheated.
  18. Stir in the noodles, then the bean sprouts and toss together briefly, just long enough to heat the ingredients without softening the bean sprouts, as they should retain their crunch.
  19. Stir in the chopped coriander and sprinkle with the sesame oil.
  20. Serve the chow mein immediately, garnished with coriander leaves.

Serves 4
Preparation: about 20 minutes
Cooking: about 6 minutes


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