Shanghai Noodles makes the perfect EASY weeknight meal. Best of all, takes only 20 minutes to make with stir-fried pork, Napa cabbage and garlic covered in a rich and flavorful sauce. Skip the takeout — this authentic dish is so much better!
Shanghai Fried Noodles was one of our favorite dishes we had on our visit to Shanghai a few years ago. It was the second day on our trip and we were wandering around the city when we passed by a restaurant that seemed to be a hit with the locals. We went inside and since we both don’t speak much Mandarin, we were so happy to see that there was a big menu on display while you waited in line along with bright pretty pictures.
The hubs and I love any type of stir-fried noodles so we decided to order a plate of Shanghai Noodles along with a few other local dishes. I’m not sure if it was from walking around all day or that we were just hungry but it was one the most amazing noodles we’ve had!
I’ve been trying to recreate those noodles ever since we got back from our trip and I’m so happy to say that these were our favorite batch. The great thing about Shanghai Noodles is that it’s actually really easy to make. Once you have all the ingredients on hand, it can be made and on the table in under 30 minutes.
What makes this authentic noodle dish unique is that it’s typically made using thick and chewier noodles. The chewy texture pairs perfectly with the savory and delicious flavor from the sauce and meat. If you can’t find fresh Shanghai noodles, you can try substituting with udon noodles or cooked fettuccine noodles instead.
And although it’s generally made with pork, you can definitely swap it out for chicken or any other protein of your choice. Or simply leave out the meat and replace it with some mushrooms if you want to keep this a meatless dish.
Shanghai Noodles are perfect for weeknights since it comes together quickly. It’s now on regular rotation at our house since my kids love slurping these noodles up!
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