Chinese quick chow mein with shredded cabbage and spicy fermented bean sauce.

Quick Chow Mein

Firstly, I am using instant noodles for this quick chow mein breakfast, which only need 10 minutes from preparation to table. So this is a perfect dish for hot summer days or hurry working day.

Secondly, the highlight part is the Lao Gan Ma black bean chili sauce. This is one of my favorite store bought chili sauce. It matches noodles, rice and even steamed buns perfectly. You can replace with other chili sauce or if you really do not want a spicy taste, skip this and slightly add more soy sauce.

Thirdly, you can customize the chow mein by adding some other vegetables like red onion, carrot, bell pepper and etc.

Quick Chow Mein

Quick Chow Mein

Quick and super easy Chinese Chow mein with shredded cabbage
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Course: staple
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: noodles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 553kcal
Author: Elaine


  • 200 g instant noodles
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Lao Gan Ma black bean chili sauce
  • small pinch of salt if needed


  • Read the instructions of the noodle package; cook the noodles in boiling water for 1 minute less than the time given by the instructions. Drain well.
  • Heat cooking oil in wok or skillet over medium heat, fry minced garlic until aroma and then shredded cabbage until soft.
  • Stir in cooked noodles and other seasonings. Mix well and serve hot!


As both lao gan ma and soy sauce contains salt, spare the extra salt and taste the noodles before adding.


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 3621mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 27.6mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4.6mg

Quick Chow Mein

Quick Chow Mein

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  1. Hi, Can I substitute regular black bean sauce? I don’t have the “chili” version available where I live. Would the taste be similar?
    Would I add in sriracha or other chili in place?


    1. Hi Shannon,

      If you cannot find the spicy version, I think using other chili sauce + common regular black bean sauce will be a nice choice.

    2. I wouldn’t’t substitute siricha in this recipe because the flavor is unique and might clash with the fermented black beans. Better to use fresh chilies like a Serrano or Thai red chili minced, for their heat without introducing another flavoring. Just my $.02.