Shanghai Fried Noodles

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These Shanghai Fried Noodles come together in under 20 minutes and are packed with incredible flavor and umami! The pork is marinated and stir fried in the hot wok with mushrooms, scallion, cabbage, and a sweet and savory sauce that is so delicious!

Shanghai Fried Noodles on a plate with wok

Watch the Shanghai Fried Noodles Recipe Video Below!

Raw ingredients for shanghai fried noodles

Ingredients for Shanghai Fried Noodles

This Shanghai Fried Noodles recipe is comfort in a bowl! Here is what you’ll need for the recipe:

Noodles + Vegetables

  • 1 lb Shanghai noodles – I used fresh Shanghai noodles by the brand “Golden World” – I get these from the refrigerated section of my local 99 Ranch store. If you cannot find these, you can sub with your preferred long noodle.
  • 2 cups Taiwanese cabbage sliced into 1/2″ ribbons
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 4 scallions cut into 2″ pieces
  • 2 cups baby bok choy, sliced
Shanghai Wheat Noodles in package

Pork

  • 1 lb pork loin or pork belly sliced into 1/2″ strips – I used sliced pork loin in this recipe but if you prefer, you can substitute with a different cut like pork belly or pork shoulder (or leave it out altogether for a vegetarian option).
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper – I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine – If you cannot or do not want to use wine, you can sub with sherry, mirin, or chicken stock! 
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce – Yes, they’re different! Dark soy sauce is thicker, darker, and sweeter (as well as has a higher sodium content) than regular soy sauce. If you don’t have dark soy sauce on hand, you can sub with oyster sauce.
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp msg optional
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame oil optional

Shanghai Fried Noodles: Recipe Instructions

Prep your ingredients

Shanghai Fried Noodles does not take long to make, and most of the work is prepping the ingredients. Slice the scallions, mushrooms, cabbage and tofu. Marinate the pork with white pepper, kosher salt, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch and neutral oil.

prepped ingredients for shanghai fried noodles

Slice and marinate the pork

Slice your pork loin into 1/2″ wide strips. You want these to be thin strips so they marinate and cook evenly in the stir fry!

Marinate the pork with kosher salt, white pepper, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch and neutral oil for about 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of your vegetables and mix the sauce.

Cook the noodles

Cook your noodles in boiling water for 2-3 minutes less than package directions or until VERY “al dente”. I am intentionally cooking these noodles to be under done because they will cook and finish in the wok when the final dish is assembled!

Rinse the noodles

Rinse and drain the noodles to remove any excess starch from the noodles. We want to also prevent any clumping of the noodles prior to adding them to the stir fry.

Brown the marinated pork

Over medium high heat in 2 tbsp of oil, fry your pork strips until golden brown, which should take about 3-4 minutes depending on your pan and heat. Once they are golden brown, remove them from the pan, keeping the leftover oil.

pork cooking in a wok

Stir fry the vegetables

Add another tablespoon of oil if needed, then turn the heat to high and stir fry the mushrooms for 30 seconds.

Sauteed mushrooms in a wok

Add the sliced cabbage and scallions and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes or until you can see a visible char on the cabbage and scallions.

stir fried vegetables for shanghai fried noodles

Finish the Shanghai Fried Noodles

Now it’s time to put the Shanghai Fried Noodles together! While keeping the heat on high, add back the noodles, pork, and finally the sliced baby bok choy along with the mixed sauce and pour it along the edge of the pan. Mix thoroughly until the sauce thickens slightly and evenly coats and the bok choy is wilted. Continue cooking until the noodles are cooked to your liking and finish with sesame oil if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

UNDERCOOK YOUR NOODLES
Don’t forget that your noodles will finish cooking in the wok/pan! I always cook my noodles 1-2 min less than the package instructions call for. This way, they come to my preferred doneness by the time the dish is done in the wok/pan!

CUT YOUR VEGETABLES!
I always recommend cutting your vegetables into similar sized pieces so they cook evenly – this little step makes a huge difference!

SUCCESS IS IN THE PREP!
Once you start cooking, this recipe will come together very quickly. The key to pulling this off successfully is having all of your ingredients prepped and in bowls right next to your wok or pan! Have your premixed sauce, noodles, and vegetables ready and easily accessible during the cooking process.

Cooking With a Wok (Alternatives)

By now, you know that I LOVE cooking with my wok! It is my #1 most recommended kitchen tool, as I believe it is perfect for high-heat cooking and results in restaurant quality Chinese food!

If it is your first time cooking with a wok, make sure to read my “How To Season a Wok” post. There is a video included that shows exactly how to season your brand new wok and how to maintain it so it lasts for years.

If you cannot or do not want to use a wok, you can use a large pan, cast iron, or even a dutch oven.

My KEY TIP would be to avoid crowding your pan – crowding can lead to your Sesame Chicken not cooking thoroughly and becoming mushy. If you think your dish will be crowded, use a larger pan, cast iron, or dutch oven, OR cook in batches.

If you liked this Shanghai Fried Noodles recipe, check out some of the most popular Chinese Take-Out recipes on the blog!

Love noodles? Make my 15 minute Chili Oil Noodles or one of my personal favorites, Beef Chow Fun!

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5 from 18 votes

Shanghai Fried Noodles

Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Shanghai Fried Noodles on a plate with wok
These super easy Shanghai Fried Noodles are so delicious and quick to make! The wok fried pork and chewy noodles coated in a rich, savory soy-based sauce and crisp vegetables in mushrooms make this a wonderful weeknight dinner!

Ingredients 

Noodles + Vegetables

  • 1 lb Shanghai noodles, sub udon
  • 2 cups Taiwanese cabbage, sliced into 1/2" ribbons
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 scallions, cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 cups bok choy, sliced in half

Pork

Sauce

Instructions 

  • Marinate pork in white pepper, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch and neutral oil for 15 minutes.
  • Mix together oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, msg, chicken broth, and cornstarch for your sauce.
  • Cook noodles until VERY al dente (2-3 minutes less than package directions); drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Fry pork in a hot pan over medium high heat with neutral oil until pork is golden brown (3-4 minutes); remove into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tbsp of neutral oil and turn the heat to high. Saute mushrooms for 30 seconds followed by cabbage and scallions. Stir fry for 1-2 mintues until charred.
  • Add back noodles, pork, and pre-mixed sauce into pan with vegetables and add the sliced bok choy; mix together and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium high heat or until noodles are cooked to your liking.
  • Finish with sesame oil & enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 1631mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1684IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Really enjoyed making this! Fantastic recipes and never fail to impress. Making Asian cooking more accessible and beating take out options hands down!

  2. 5 stars
    I love noodles but haven’t tried making it at home that much. I’m going to add this to my staples tho bc it’s so flavorful and easy. Even as a side!

  3. 5 stars
    I had trouble even at our g super mart finding the noodles so subbed with udon one time and just an egg like lomein noodle one time and it truly doesn’t matter the noodle because the sauce and recipe is so darn flavorful. We skip the mushrooms and add shredded carrot!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was really good. I cut back on the sugar and dark soy sauce cuz I have two toddlers. My whole family loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    This was so freaking delicious. I cook new recipes kind of slow, but it was worth it, surprisingly easy, amazing and I’ll make it again soon. I did use some of the suggested alternatives and used ribeye instead of pork just because that’s what I had on hand.

    I’m so glad I found CJ on Instagram because the Asian dishes on Pinterest and Google searches just aren’t good. They aren’t. Going to make more of his recipes over the next few weeks as well! Next is Mongolian beef 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cassie! I appreciate the support and you taking the time to comment your glowing review of my recipe 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This was amazing!!! I made this last night for dinner and it was seriously fantastic! I made it exactly per the recipe and it was on point! Your recipes are easy to follow thank you!!

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my YUMM! Just made these Shanghai Noodles for dinner. Absolutely spot on delicious!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!!

    Still waiting for a Moo Goo Gai Pan recipe and Egg Foo Young while you’re at it!

    You’re the best CJ!