Hakka Veg Chow mein

We love Hakka Chinese! It is spicy, tangy and tastes so fresh! Hakka Veg Chow mein is a gateway dish to the world of Indo-Chinese cuisine that is commonly known as “Hakka Chinese”

This cuisine’s signature fragrance is of Ginger-garlic and green onion which makes me swoon whenever I passed a streetside “thela” back in India or when we are waiting for the food in a Hakka-Chinese restaurant.. making us hungrier by the minute.

People who don’t know about the history of this cuisine in India will be surprised to know that they go back about two centuries. In tumultuous times, the Chinese people migrated to India because of political circumstances and made India their home. Naturally, this ensured the fusion of two unique cuisines that gave birth to Hakka Chinese. Chinese people used local ingredients to substitute for authentic items they were missing from their pantry and combine flavourful Indian spices to create this awesome cuisine which is part of the daily lives of millions of Indian foodies now.

I remember while studying at Amity University (Circa, 2004-2007), It was a weekly ritual to go to the Bharamputra market in Noida Sector 29 on evenings for a scrumptious dinner of chili paneer and chow mein on a budget.

Notably, Hakka is a Chinese word for “Guests”.

In the present day, Hakka Veg Chow mein is one of the top dishes to order whenever we eat out at our favorite Hakak Chinese restaurants. It goes so well with all the gravies or you can just eat it by itself. Chow mein noodles are like roti to our daals!

I make this recipe now and then and it is so easy to make. Once all the veggies are shredded its takes only minutes to bring this dish together. Two things that you need to pay attention is :

  • Shred the veggies as finely as possible. I recommend using a food processor. Mine does the job in 2 minutes 🙂
  • Boil your noodles to perfection. You can do it by just paying close attention to the process, by checking the boiling noodles several times to make sure it does not overcook. Undercook noodles are not good but they are not as bad as overcooked mushy noodles.

What makes this recipe yummy is the Chilli garlic sauce. I have plenty of this sauce in my pantry and you will see this in many of my recipes as well. So if you are a spice lover like myself, I recommend buying this Sauce: Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce

I have not added any protein in the recipe but feel free to add whatever you prefer. Following are some ideas:

  • Chicken: Cut chicken in bite-size pieces and boil until cooked in salted water or saute in some oil with salt & pepper.
  • Eggs: Boil eggs and fry them or just add as-is. You can also make scrambled eggs and pour over the dish
  • Paneer/Cottage Cheese: Cut in small pieces and saute in some oil and season with Slat and pepper.
  • Tofu: Same as above. It is a great vegan option to make the dish more filling.
Yields2 Servings
Prep Time15 mins
 250 g Chow Mein Noodles (Dry)
 1 tbsp Refined Oil
 1 tbsp Chopped Garlic
 ½ tbsp Green Chillies
 ½ cup Red Onion
 ½ cup Green Pepper
 ½ cup Carrots
 ¼ cup Green beans
 ½ cup Cabbage
 2 tbsp White Vinegar
 1 ½ tbsp Soy Sauce
 ½ tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce
 Salt & Pepper to Taste
1

Boil the noodles according to the packet instructions.

2

Heat oil in a pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Saute the chopped garlic and green chilies (Optional)

3

Add onion and saute for 30 seconds. Followed by all veggies you like to add on 30-second intervals. Cook until veggies are still crunchy.

4

Add noodles and season with salt & pepper. Mix well and take off the gas. Garnish with green onions.

Ingredients

 250 g Chow Mein Noodles (Dry)
 1 tbsp Refined Oil
 1 tbsp Chopped Garlic
 ½ tbsp Green Chillies
 ½ cup Red Onion
 ½ cup Green Pepper
 ½ cup Carrots
 ¼ cup Green beans
 ½ cup Cabbage
 2 tbsp White Vinegar
 1 ½ tbsp Soy Sauce
 ½ tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce
 Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions

1

Boil the noodles according to the packet instructions.

2

Heat oil in a pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Saute the chopped garlic and green chilies (Optional)

3

Add onion and saute for 30 seconds. Followed by all veggies you like to add on 30-second intervals. Cook until veggies are still crunchy.

4

Add noodles and season with salt & pepper. Mix well and take off the gas. Garnish with green onions.

Veg Chilli Garlic Chow Mein

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