Authentic Chinese Pork Chow Mein

Authentic Chinese Pork Chow Mein

Authentic Chinese Pork Chow Mein – Chinese Food

Authentic Chinese Pork Chow Mein Recipes

Ingredients ( Serving 4 – 6)

  • 1 1lbs lean pork, thinly sliced
  • 1cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce (divided, more is desired)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 bunch green onion (optional)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 3cups water, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (do NOT omit)
  • blanched almond, lightly toasted
  • 1 lb bean sprouts (or more)


  1. Cut meat into thin strips.
  2. Combine 2 tbsp cornstarch with sugar, blend in 1 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tbsp oil; mix to blend.
  3. Pour over pork strips; toss well to coat, marinade in mixture for 20 minutes.
  4. In a wok or large saute pan heat 2 tablespoons shortening; brown the meat lightly on all sides in hot shortening (after browning the pork you may add in chopped garlic and saute for 2 minutes if desired).
  5. Add remaining 4 tbsp soy sauce and 1-1/2 cups water; simmer, covered on low heat for 45 minutes.
  6. Add in the celery and onions; simmer for 15 minutes more.
  7. In a small bowl, blend in remaining cornstarch with 1/4 cup water; stir into meat mixture.
  8. Add molasses, water chestnuts, bean sprouts and mushrooms; heat thoroughly.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Garnish with chopped green onions and toasted almonds.

Reviews – Authentic Chinese Pork Chow Mein Recipes

I love this recipe and make it quite often. I often add other veggies, depending on what I have. For those of you who think this is too bland or missing something, try adding a little bit of toasted sesame oil and a tablespoon or so of oyster sauce. Makes a big difference in flavor. However, it is yummy and I highly recommend it.

This was delicious. Made exactly according to recipe. Next time I will probably try with low-sodium soy sauce, as I found it a little too salty. Also will double the celery, as that’s how we like it in Minnesota. This is what’s known as “Nankin-style” chow mein, after a popular Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis for years. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

This was so yummy. I added Tofu and chicken instead of pork. I’m an inpatient cook so I dumped all my veggies in after the chicken was cooked. While they were cooking I mixed together all the sauce ing & dumped in when veggies were tender. I halved the spouts & added chow mein noodles right before adding the sauce. Simmered for about 3 mins. Thickened nicley. I will definatly make this again. Thanks for the recipe!!

This is a great recipe! I used olive oil to brown the pork, then added the celery, onions and garlic and sauteed for a few more minutes. Due to other reviewers, I added another tsp. of molasses as well. Thanks for a winner,

This was very good. Will definitely make it again but I was a little disappointed because it didn’t have the flavor punch that I have become accustomed to from a Kittencal recipe. 🙂 Maybe more Molasses? Not sure but it seemed to be missing some flavor. I have to say that I was concerned that the pork was cooking too long but it turned out very tender.

The pork was super tender! It does cook for a long time (I should’ve read the recipe through before I started!!), and mine turned out a little saucey. I probably won’t add as much water at the end next time. But, everyone loved it! It’s a keeper in our house! Thanks!

This was great. I’ve been craving chinese food but haven’t been able to eat it since I’m having to avoid salt at the moment. Used low sodium soy sauce and this was definitely a treat. Used fresh mushrooms. It did take a little longer to prepare than I had hoped but it may have been the juggeling of 3 small children while cooking that did us in. Served over rice. Highly recommend this!

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