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Old 08-18-2012, 04:47 AM   #1
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Low carb chow mein?

In my previous life I was mad for panda express chow mein. i've tried repeatedly to recreate it into a low carb version. and i don't expect it to be perfect so I know the low carb noodles im using are not gonna taste like it.

but theres something specific about panda's noodles some kind of texture or something they put on them. if anybody has any recipes i would love them.

I can only eat 30grams of carb per day so I'd like something thats 8-11 max for a good sized portion.

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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Do you have a copycat recipe we can try to modify? I don't have any chow mein recipes at all.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:24 AM   #3
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Heres some basic things I use to make it. I love everything in it but would just really need hhelp with how to make the noodles better


Canola oil
Whole onion
Celery, 2 stalks
1 TBSP splenda
Chicken broth
Soy sauce
Chicken broth
Almonds
Beef and Chicken
Low carb spegetti noodles
Lemon

Thanks!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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Do you like shirataki noodles? Everything else on your list looks good.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
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Hi! I just found these mentioned on a diabetic website: "Double Happiness Chow Mein Noodles". Two cups have 12 carbs and 1 gram of fiber, so 11 net carbs. They look long and thin and crispy, so probably not the texture you're looking for, but wanted to mention them anyway, as the reviews were very good!
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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Me, again! Here's a link to a copycat recipe of Panda Express Chow Mein. I think it's legal to share this~ (use your own lowcarb subs).

By: Holly Quinn
Break Studios Contributing Writer

Ever wanted to ask the girl behind the counter "how do you make Panda Express chow mein?" If you really want to learn how to make a clone of Panda Express chow mein, know that it can be done, with the right ingredients. Most Panda Express chow mein "copycat" recipes floating around the net have a couple of glaring problems: the noodles, and the seasoning oil. Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to enjoying some top-notch chow mein.

To make Panda Express style chow mein you will need:

two tbsp. peanut or vegetable oil, divided
four sliced scallionsthree cups coarsely shredded napa cabbage
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/4 tsp. sugar
one cup chicken broth
tbsp. soy sauce
tbsp. untoasted sesame oil
tbsp. corn starch
two tbsp. water
red pepper flakes
1/2 pound dry chow mein noodles
Prepare chow mein noodles according to the package directions. Drain, toss with a tbsp. peanut or vegetable oil and set aside.
Heat a tbsp. peanut or vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet. Add scallions, cabbage, spouts and celery and stir-fry for about three minutes, or until vegetables start to wilt. Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.
Add cooked chow mein noodles to wok or skillet and stir fry for about two minutes, until hot. Return vegetables to the pan with noodles.

Combine sugar, broth, soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl. Pour over mixture in the wok, and stir to coat.
Combine corn starch and water in a small bowl. Add to pan, stirring until sauce thickens.
Season with red pepper flakes to taste, and serve.

Many copycat recipes will suggest using vermicelli as the noodle. Vermicelli is a fine noodle that works well in many Asian dishes, but chow mein isn't one of them. Chow mein noodles are made of wheat flour, and have a darker color and distinct flavor. When shopping for chow mein noodles, look for a package of dry long noodles that resembles spaghetti (a common U.S. brand is Annie Chun's).
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:58 AM   #7
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THANKYOU so much for posting back. Its okay that the noodles are crunchy because its so wet with the soy sauce im sure they will soften. Thanks 2 all who helped me
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My other suggestion is kelp noodles. I haven't tried them, but they are supposed to stay crunchy and they have no flavor of their own.
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You are most welcome! Have a great day!
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I suggest trying to get the flavor right with shredded cabbage instead of noodles.
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