Chow-Mein Style Macaroni

// This Chow-Mein Style Macaroni is a delicious Indo-fusion inspired by the classic Chow Mein recipe. It gets ready in just 15 minutes.



This Chow-Mein Style Macaroni is a delicious Indo-fusion inspired by the classic Chow Mein recipe. It is a delightful and creative fusion dish that brings together the best of Chinese and Indian cuisines. 

Ready in just 15 minutes with basic ingredients, this meal is prepared in no time. 

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With this unique, simple, and easy-to-follow recipe, you will enjoy the perfect blend of beloved Chow Mein flavors with the comforting addition of macaroni. As a result, you’ll savor a satisfying and delectable dish that’s ideal as a main course or side dish. 

About Chow-Mein Style Macaroni 

Chow Mein Style Macaroni is a lovely Indo-Chinese style dish that’s cherished for its gorgeous blend of diverse flavors and textures. 

This enticing dish typically involves the art of stir-frying macaroni with an assortment of vegetables or meats like chicken, shrimp, or beef, and an array of aromatic sauces and seasonings. The result is a perfect blend of textures that is both distinctive and comforting. 

The soft and comforting base of macaroni effortlessly complements the vibrant so well with the crisp and colorful vegetables. 

The secret to creating this mouthwatering fusion dish lies in the meticulous combination of ingredients and the beautiful use of seasonings. The outcome is a tantalizing interaction of savory and spicy notes that will leave your taste glands wanting for more. 

Whether you are a vegetarian or simply looking to explore new and exciting macaroni flavors, this recipe has something to offer everyone. 

Benefits of This Chow-Mein Style Macaroni 

This Chow-Mein Style Macaroni…

  • is quick and easy 

  • is a versatile dish  

  • is a perfect for vegetarians 

  • is a satisfying medley of textures 

  • combined soft macaroni and colorful vegetables

  • has tangy, savory, and spicy flavors 

  • is a fusion of Chinese and Indian flavors  

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Ingredients

  • Macaroni: It is the main ingredient of this dish. You can use any of your favorite varieties of macaroni here. These small, pipe-like pasta pieces are the perfect canvas for soaking up the rich and savory flavors of the dish. 

  • Oil: You will need some vegetable oil for stir-frying the vegetables. The oil helps the ingredients cook evenly and develop a rich flavor. 

  • Garlic: This recipe also uses some minced garlic for a rich, delightful, aromatic and rich taste. 

  • Ginger: Freshly chopped ginger is also added for a zesty and slightly spicy kick to the macaroni. It enhances the overall flavor of this macaroni. 

  • Onion: Some thinly sliced onions are added for a subtle sweetness, and crunch. They also balance the savory and spicy flavors of this dish. 

  • Tomato Ketchup: This recipe also uses some tomato ketchup. It adds a touch of sweetness and a tanginess to this recipe. 

  • Vegetables: I have used zucchini, carrots, and mushrooms in this recipe. You can use other vegetables of your choice. The vegetables that taste great in this recipe are broccoli florets, baby corn, edamame, and beans.  

  • Soy Sauce: Soy sauce is a key ingredient in Indo-chinese dishes as it adds a rich and savory note that ties all the ingredients together. It also infuses this dish with its signature umami flavor. You can use dark or light soy sauce; they both work well in this recipe.  

  • Ground Black Pepper: I have also added some ground black pepper for a spicy kick and pungent flavor. 

  • Hot Sauce: Some hot sauce is also added for the heat in this dish. You can adjust the amount of hot sauce to suit your spice preference. 

  • White Vinegar: It is added for a subtle tang that balances the dish’s overall flavors and gives a pleasing contrast to the savory elements. 

  • Salt: It enhances the natural flavors of this dish, so feel free to adjust the amount of salt. I didn’t add any salt as my soy sauce was really savory. 

  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional for garnish): I have added some fiery red flakes as a garnish. They add an extra layer of spiciness for those who enjoy a more intense heat level just like me. 

  • Sesame Seeds (optional garnish): I have also garnished with some toasted sesame seeds. They add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to this dish. It also enhances the texture and appearance of this dish. 

Variation

Protein-Packed Option

For an added protein, you can add some grilled tofu, grilled chicken, shrimp, or beef to this recipe. 

Paneer Chow Mein Macaroni

For this version, you can add some grilled paneer or paneer tikka to this macaroni recipe. You can also add paneer bhurji to this macaroni recipe. 

Schezwan Macaroni Twist

For a spicier twist, you can replace hot sauce with 1-2 tablespoons of Schezwan sauce with this macaroni recipe.

Eggcellent Chow Mein Macaroni

In this version, you can add some scrambled eggs (egg bhurji), or fried eggs.

Marinated Chicken Chow Mein Macaroni

In this variation, you can marinate chicken pieces in soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar, ginger, and garlic. Then pan-fry or grill them before adding to the macaroni for a hearty twist. 

Serving Suggestions 

You can serve and enjoy this Chow-Mein Style Macaroni in many ways. It tastes perfect as a main dish, or you can also serve it as part of a larger meal. 

You can also pair this dish well with other Chinese, Indo-Chinese, or Indian dishes. You can serve it alongside schezwan fried rice, veg schezwan noodles, Gobi Manchurian, Paneer Manchurian, or Hot and Sour Soup

Storage Suggestions 

You can store this Chow-Mein Style Macaroni in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It stays fresh for up to 3 days. 

When you want to serve, simply reheat them in the microwave or on the stove-top until warm through. You can also add a bit of water if the macaroni has dried out. 

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Professional tips & tricks to make the Best Chow-Mein Style Macaroni 

  1. Prepping Veggies: Always prepare the vegetables in advance. Like, cut, julienne, mince, or shred the veggies. This prep can speed up the cooking process. 

  2. Boiling Macaroni: Boil the macaroni until they are al dente, as they will continue to cook when stir-fried. Also, remember to rinse them with cold running water to remove excess starch and prevent them from sticking. 

  3. High Heat: When making Indo-Chinese dishes, always use high heat for stir-frying vegetables. The high heat gives it that desirable smoky flavor and crunch. 

  4. Ginger-garlic: You can also replace minced ginger and minced garlic with ginger-garlic paste.

  5. Wok or Pan: Opt for a large wok for even cooking and easy tossing. Alternatively, you can also use a cast iron pan. 

  6. Garnishing: I have garnished it with toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes for that finishing touch of flavor. You can also use spring onion greens.  

  7. Sauces: Superior quality sauces make or bread the taste of this chow-mein style macaroni. So, make sure that you are using high quality sauces and seasonings. You can also adjust the amount of sauces and seasonings to suit your taste preference.

FAQ

What is Chow-Mein Style Macaroni? 

It is a fusion dish that merges the Chinese and Indian flavors. It is a stir-fried macaroni tossed with vegetables or meats, and various sauces and seasonings. 

How do I prevent the macaroni from sticking together? 

Rinse cooked macaroni with cold water. You can also toss them with a bit of oil to prevent clumping.  

Can I make Chow-Mein Style Macaroni spicy? 

It is a mildly spicy dish. You can increase the red chili flakes to this dish. You can also add some chili oil to increase the heat. 

What are the ingredients in Chow-Mein Style Macaroni? 

This recipe is made with some basic ingredients such as macaroni, vegetables, sauces, and seasonings. 

Can I make Chow-Mein Style Macaroni ahead of time? 

Yes, you can surely make this easy recipe in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you want to eat, reheat them in a microwave or in a microwave-safe pan and enjoy. 

Are Chow-Mein Style Macaroni vegetarian? 

My version makes a vegetarian Chow-Mein Style Macaroni as I have only added vegetables in this recipe. But if you like meat in macaroni, then feel free to add meat of your choice.  

What can I serve with Chow-Mein Style Macaroni? 

It is a versatile recipe that goes deliciously well with a variety of Chinese, Indo-Chinese, or other Indian dishes. 

Can I use other types of pasta instead of macaroni? 

While noodles are traditional, I have used macaroni in this recipe. You can use any of your favorite types of pasta for a difference in texture and taste.  


Chow-Mein Style Macaroni (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How to Make Chow Mein Style Macaroni:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet or wok, heat the sesame oil or vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced ginger and minced garlic, sauté for a few seconds. Next, add sliced onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
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  3. Add thinly sliced zucchini, carrot juliennes, and sliced mushrooms to the skillet. You can also add other vegetables like red bell pepper, green bell peppers, beans, edamame, or broccoli. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften. Then add soy sauce, ground black pepper, hot sauce, and tomato ketchup and toss well to combine. Add the cooked macaroni to the skillet and toss everything together until the macaroni is well coated with the sauce and the vegetables. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. At this point, you can taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more soy sauce or spices to suit your taste.
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  5. Garnish with chopped red pepper flakes and sesame seeds if desired. Serve your delicious Chow Mein Style Macaroni hot and enjoy!
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Chow-Mein Style Macaroni [Recipe]

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This Chow-Mein Style Macaroni is a delicious Indo-fusion inspired by the classic Chow Mein recipe. It gets ready in just 15 minutes.
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
20 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Main Indo-Chinese 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
139 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Chow-Mein Style Macaroni
  • 3 cups macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (as needed)
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Chow Mein Style Macaroni:
  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet or wok, heat the sesame oil or vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced ginger and minced garlic, sauté for a few seconds. Next, add sliced onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Add thinly sliced zucchini, carrot juliennes, and sliced mushrooms to the skillet. You can also add other vegetables like red bell pepper, green bell peppers, beans, edamame, or broccoli. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften. Then add soy sauce, ground black pepper, hot sauce, and tomato ketchup and toss well to combine. Add the cooked macaroni to the skillet and toss everything together until the macaroni is well coated with the sauce and the vegetables. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. At this point, you can taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more soy sauce or spices to suit your taste.
  3. Garnish with chopped red pepper flakes and sesame seeds if desired. Serve your delicious Chow Mein Style Macaroni hot and enjoy!

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NOTES:

  1. Always prepare the vegetables in advance. Like, cut, julienne, mince, or shred the veggies. This prep can speed up the cooking process.
  2. Boil the macaroni until they are al dente, as they will continue to cook when stir-fried. Also, remember to rinse them with cold running water to remove excess starch and prevent them from sticking.
  3. When making Indo-Chinese dishes, always use high heat for stir-frying vegetables. The high heat gives it that desirable smoky flavor and crunch.
  4. You can also replace minced ginger and minced garlic with ginger-garlic paste.


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