9 Popular and Tasty Chinese Noodle Recipes

Bring a taste of the Far East to your table

Whether thick or thin, sold dry or fresh, or made with wheat flour, rice flour, or mung bean flour, noodles are a staple in Chinese cooking. From longevity noodles to hearty Zhajiangmian, as well as a quick-and-easy lo mein dish, here is a selection of the nine most popular Chinese noodle recipes.

  • 01 of 09

    Chicken Chow Mein

    Chicken Chow Mein

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    In this chicken chow mein recipe, noodles are paired with chicken and a colorful assortment of vegetables—including bok choy, celery, and red bell pepper—in an oyster-flavored sauce

  • 02 of 09

    Classic Homemade Noodle Salad

    Chinese noodle salad recipe

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    This classic homemade noodle salad is a very popular dish in Taiwan and China. It’s especially popular during the summertime–summers in Taiwan and China are always really hot and humid, so this cold noodle salad with a delicious sauce and refreshing ingredients helps people regain their appetite during the heat.

    Chinese people usually make this noodle salad with julienned cucumber, carrots, mung bean sprouts, and boiled or steamed chicken breast.

  • 03 of 09

    Zhajiangmian

    Zhajiangmian recipe

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    Zhajiangmian (炸醬麵) is one of my favorite Chinese noodle dishes. There are many countries in the East that serve this delicious noodle dish with many different ingredients.

    Taiwanese people like to cook the sauce with mince, extra firm tofu, chili bean sauce, French beans, and sweet bean sauce. But this version of Zhajiangmian uses edamame beans instead of French beans.

  • 04 of 09

    Chicken Lo Mein

    Chicken Lo Mein

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    Chicken Lo Mein makes a great lunch, dinner, or late-night snack. In this recipe, thin Hakka noodles are tossed with a delicious dressing that includes sesame paste, sesame oil, two types of soy sauce, and honey. Roasted peanuts add the final touch. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Shanghai Stir-Fry Noodles With Chicken

    Shanghai Stir-Fried Noodles

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    Shanghai noodles are thick noodles that are packaged in plastic bags and sold fresh in Asian markets. If Shanghai noodles are unavailable, feel free to substitute with Japanese udon noodles or thick Italian spaghetti-style pasta, such as linguini for this Shanghai stir-fry noodles with chicken dish.

  • 06 of 09

    Sichuan Noodles

    Sichuan Noodles

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    This Sichuan noodles dish combines chicken, shrimp, and a spicy sauce made with hot chili oil. The chicken is first marinated in a rice wine/soy sauce mixture and then stir-fried with garlic and shrimp. After the vegetables are cooked, the noodles are stir-fried and the entire dish is simmered in the spicy sauce.

  • 07 of 09

    Pan-Fried Noodles

    Frying noodles in a wok

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    This pan-fried noodles recipe goes by several different names, including “both sides browned” and “twice browned” noodles. In all cases, the boiled noodles are browned on one side, then turned over and cooked on the other side, like a pancake. The crispy noodles can then be topped with a stir-fried mixture of meat, chicken, seafood, and/or vegetables in a rich sauce.

  • 08 of 09

    Singapore-style Noodles

    Singapore-style noodles recipe

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    Singapore-style noodles (新加坡炒米粉, 星洲炒米) is a very popular dish in Chinese takeaways and restaurants in the UK. Some restaurants like to use Char Siu pork as one of the main ingredients to make this dish, but this recipe uses chicken breast since it's an ingredient that almost anyone can buy.

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  • 09 of 09

    Shrimp Lo Mein With Vegetables

    Shrimp Lo Mein With Vegetables

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    This shrimp lo mein with vegetables noodle dish is basically what the name says: shrimp and a colorful assortment of vegetables, including cabbage, bamboo shoots, and red bell pepper. The shrimp are first marinated in rice wine and cornstarch and then the dish is finished with a sauce made of ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and broth.