Friday, June 12, 2015

Indo-Chinese Shrimp Chow Mein

Indian Chinese Shrimp Chow Mein
Indian Chinese Shrimp Chow Mein Noodle Bowl

When Chinese food arrived in India more than a couple of centuries ago, it incorporated the influences of Indian flavors and resulted in the most delicious marriage of cuisines - The Indo-Chinese cuisine. The Chinese community in India settled in the eastern part of the country, mainly around Kolkata - formerly known as Calcutta, the birthplace of Indo-Chinese food. Chow mein is standard Indian Chinese fare. You can swap the shrimp out for any protein of your choice - chicken, beef, pork, tofu and even paneer. Now on to the fried spicy garlicky goodness!
Indian Chinese Shrimp Chow Mein

Yield - Serves 4

Prep Time - 20 Minutes

Cook Time - 15 Minutes

Indian Chinese Shrimp Chow Mein


10 - 12 Oz packet Egg Noodles
1 Lb Shrimp
1 Green Bell Pepper
2 Carrots
1 Medium Red Onion
3-4 Scallions
7-8 Cloves Garlic
1-2 Green Chili
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Dark Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Red Chili Sauce
3-4 Tablespoon Oil


Slice the onions and bell pepper. Matchstick/ julienne the carrots, finely chop the green chilies and mince the garlic.

Crush some salt and pepper on to the shrimp and sauté them in a bit of oil.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil - enough to completely submerge the noodles. 

Cook the noodles in rapidly boiling water for a 3-4 minutes until al dente. Don't over cook! Strain the noodles and run some cold water through it to stop the cooking process. Splash a little oil,  all of the vinegar, soy sauce and red chili sauce and stir it through.

In the same pan that you sautéed the shrimp in, heat a tablespoon of oil and toss in half of the sliced veggies. Crush some salt and pepper and toss it together. The veggies should remain crispy. We're going to cook the noodles in batches. Just like other stir fries this need to cook quickly.

Set the veggies aside and bring the pan back to the heat and add another tablespoon of oil. Add half the garlic and green chilies.

Add half the noodles and stir it through.

Add the sautéed vegetables and half the sautéed shrimp and toss it all together.

Repeat to cook the remaining ingredients.

Top with chopped scallions and enjoy!

Indian Chinese Shrimp Chow Mein


  1. I am so craving this chow mein right now - I love a good asian noodle stir fry & definitely need to make it soon!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Thalia! Let me know how it turns out if you give it a go!


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