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king prawn chow mein

King Prawn Chow Mein

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Low Lactose


This delicious recipe is a Chinese takeaway favourite. Learn how to make King Prawn Chow Mein at home.



Marinated Prawns

  • 225g (½ lb) shelled king prawns
  • 1.5g (¼ tsp) salt
  • 0.5g (¼ tsp) white pepper
  • 5ml (1 tsp) sesame oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) Chinese rice wine

Stir Fry Vegetables

  • ½ large onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 8 spring onions, cleaned and chopped

Chow Mein Sauce

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) light soy sauce
  • 3g (1 tsp) cornflour 
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) dark soy sauce
  • 5ml (1 tsp) sesame oil
  • 13g (1 tbsp) sugar
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) oyster sauce

Remaining ingredients

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 120g (¼lb) dried egg noodles, cooked accordingly to instructions
  • 110g (1 cup) beansprouts


  1. Marinated Prawns: Place the prawns in a bowl along with the salt, pepper oil and wine. Give it a stir and let it marinate while you prepare the vegetables.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables: Cut everything up as stated in the ingredients list. Set aside.
  3. Chow Mein Sauce: Pour the light soy sauce in a bowl. Add the cornflour and stir to form a thick slurry. Once it’s smooth, systematically add the remaining sauce ingredients while stirring, ensuring no clumps are formed. Set aside. 
  4. Cooking the Chow Mein: Heat the oil in a large wok until it starts to smoke. 
  5. Fry the onions for 3 minutes, stirring them constantly. 
  6. Add garlic and ginger and fry for another minute.
  7. Tip in the red pepper and spring onions and fry for 3 minutes. 
  8. Add the prawns and the marinade and stir until the prawns start to change colour, which should take 1-2 minutes.
  9. Pour the chow mein sauce in, give it a stir and let the mixture reach a bubbling point. 
  10. Add the cooked egg noodles and beansprouts and stir until everything is covered with the luscious sauce. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Feel free to adjust the salt and white pepper levels in the prawn marinade. The white pepper gives it a little kick.
  • In the UK, frozen raw prawns appear to come in 180g packets. These are enough to serve 2 people. 
  • Egg noodles come in different thickness. In this recipe I used fine egg noodles but you can opt for thick or medium ones. They just need a longer cooking time.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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