Mongolian Beef Recipe + Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

This Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe Tastes Way Much Better Than The Original

Now you can have some Panda Express at home for a fraction of a price as this Panda Express Chow Mein copycat recipe tastes way much better than the original.

Watch How to Make This Mongolian Chow Mein Recipe:

Our family loves alfresco but it can be a little pricey dining out every weekend. See, I love to cook and been craving this Panda Express Chow Mien but too lazy to go and grab some. It’s not only me who loves this dish but my picky son and husband as well.

Mongolian Beef recipe

This Mongolian Beef Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat tastes much better than the original. You can have some Panda at home for the fraction of a price.

Pictures speak volume…our Panda Express Chow Mein is even yummier than it looks!

Mongolian Beef recipe

I’ve got this recipe from my mom and been making this for a dozen time hence often get rave reviews. My friends and relatives love it more than Panda Express as it tastes more YUM than the Panda Express Chow Mein.

You can alternate this dish with my PF Chang’s Lettuce Wrap recipe, this is one of my favorite copycat recipes as well. If you love Asian food, you may try my Rice Pin Noodles as well.

Mongolian Beef recipe

Ingredients for Panda Express Chow Mein

I bought these thick noodles when I went to the Asian market, they are actually cheap and packed in a rectangular block. When cooking Panda Express Chow Mein, using pasta noodles is NOT recommended as these type of wheat flour noodles hold up better than the Italian pasta.

Lo Mein recipe

In this recipe, I didn’t add the cabbage, but this is only me. You can add Napa cabbage as it tastes better than the regular green cabbage. And for the ingredients of Mongolian sauce, you can use the Cooking Wine or a dry Sherry but for me, I like to use the Xiao Xing wine vinegar, you can pick this up at your local Chinese Market or in the Asian section/aisle of your grocery stores.You can read my post here for Kung Pao Chicken.

Panda Express Chow Mein

Any local supermarkets have a small Asian section and you can find some Asian sauce that could make up a delicious stir-fry sauce, in case you want it quick. This dish also needs a Hoisin sauce, Oyster sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and garlic.

Mongolian Beef Recipe + Panda Express Chow Mien Copycat

Mongolian Beef Recipe + Panda Express Chow Mien Copycat

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Category: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Now you can have some Panda Express at home for the fraction of a price as this Panda Express Chow Mein recipe (copycat) tastes way much better than the original. In this recipe, I used the thick noodles (fresh) which you can find in any Asian market.

Mongolian Beef Recipe + Panda Express Chow Mien Copycat


30 minutes
574.71 kcal
  1. 1 pack 4 oz thick Noodles (fresh) - or Yakisoba noodles
  2. 8 oz beef brisket or sirloin beef thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic
  5. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  6. 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  7. 1 cup sugar snap peas
  8. 2 cups celery
  9. 1 head broccoli cut into florets
  10. 1 cup julienne carrots
  11. 2 pcs Chinese sausage (optional & stir fry cook separately)
    for Beef Marinade:
  1. 3 tbsp cornstarch
  2. 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  3. 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  4. 1 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 tbsp brandy (I used Xiao Xing wine)
  6. 1 tsp sesame oil
  7. 1/2 tsp white pepper
  8. 1 tsp minced ginger
  9. 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
    For the Mongolian Sauce:
  1. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  2. 3 cloves mince garlic
  3. 1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
  6. 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  7. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  8. 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or Xiao Xing wine vinegar)
  9. 1 tsp of chili flakes (optional)


15 minutes
15 minutes
Ready in
30 minutes
    Marinate the Beef:
  1. In a separate bowl, add all the ingredients for the beef marinade. Toss beef, mix with all the ingredients. Set aside and put in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
    Prepare Vegetables:
  1. Par boil all the vegetables except for the mushrooms.
    For the Mongolian Sauce:
  1. In a separate container, prepare the sauce. Put all the ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
    For the Main Dish:
  1. In a large skillet (or wok), set over medium heat and add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, lightly saute 1 tsp mince garlic and add the marinated beef. Stir until the beef is cooked and then add mushrooms + cashew nuts.
  2. Pour the par boiled vegetables and stir continuously so the bottom does not get burn.
  3. Once everything is sizzling hot, add the thick noodles and 1/2 of the Mongolian sauce. Pour 1/2 cup of water around the side of the wok and combine with all the ingredients. Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add the remaining 1/2 of the Mongolian sauce. Keep stirring until the thick noodles are cooked. Sprinkle the cooked Chinese sausage and add more cashew nuts if needed.
  5. Garnish with scallions or cilantro and serve hot!


You can get these thick noodles in any Asian stores and they usually come in a square pack of rectangular blocks.

Nutrition information

Calories per serving: 574.71 kcal
Fat per serving: 26.2 g
Saturated fat per serving: 6.63 g
Carbs per serving: 64.46 g
Protein per serving: 23.19 g
Fiber per serving: 7.67 g
Sugar per serving: 23.15 g
Sodium per serving: 1348.53 mg
Trans fat per serving: 0.04 g
Cholesterol per serving: 62.45 mg

9 thoughts on “Mongolian Beef Recipe + Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat”

  1. Yum! I love all those veggies and the sauce sounds incredible. I will have to get my hands on those noodles. Can’t wait to make this at home.

  2. I love this meal! So flavorful and easy to put together. The balance in that sauce is great too–love the sweet, savory and slightly acidic with ginger finish.

  3. You have done a fantastic job with this look so good! Colourful veggies look nice and crunchy.

  4. This looks amazing! Way better than the restaurant version. I drive by an Asian market everyday. I’m definitely stopping to look for those thick noodles!

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