Soy sauce chow mein

A small plate of chow mein with a fried egg on top

Try this soy sauce chow mein with a fried egg recipe extracted from Hetty McKinnon’s book, To Asia, With Love, then check out more Chinese-style recipes.

Hetty says: “This simple chow mein dish is most commonly served at dim sum restaurants, where the noodles are fried on the spot in a travelling hot trolley. At home, this is a breakfast staple made from scant pantry ingredients.”

  • 100
  • Total time 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


  • dried egg noodles 200g
  • vegetable or other neutral oil, for frying
  • eggs 4
  • bean sprouts 200g
  • spring onions 2, finely sliced
  • white pepper a pinch
  • white sesame seeds 2 tbsp, toasted
  • light soy sauce or tamari 1 tbsp
  • dark soy sauce 1 tbsp
  • toasted sesame oil 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the noodles, stirring to loosen for 2-4 minutes or until just tender. Drain, then rinse under cold running water until cold. Drain again and set aside.

    Step 2

    For the sauce, mix together all the ingredients with 3 tbsp of water in a small bowl.

    Step 3

    Heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat. When hot, add a drizzle of oil, then crack in one egg. Reduce the heat to medium and fry the egg until the edges are crispy, the white is set and the yolk is cooked to your liking. Season with a pinch of sea salt. Remove and repeat with the remaining eggs.

    Step 4

    Put the wok or pan back over the heat and, when hot, add a drizzle of oil along with the noodles. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then add the bean sprouts and the sauce. Toss well for 2 minutes to coat the noodles thoroughly. Remove from the heat, season with white pepper and toss to combine.

    Step 5

    To serve, top with fried eggs, spring onions and sesame seeds.

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Nutritional data

  • kcals 397
  • fat 20g
  • saturates 3.5g
  • carbs 34.8g
  • sugars 2.4g
  • fibre 4.3g
  • protein 17.4g
  • salt 1.6g

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