I had to make a meal in a hurry this morning.  I instantly thought of vegetable chowmein.   It’s quick meal that’s a favorite of mine.   Guyana has a large Chinese population and their dishes are a part of our cuisine.   Fried rice, chowmein and char siu pork are take out dishes I enjoyed as a child growing up in Guyana.

The number one  request  of Guyanese who have emigrated to friends who are traveling to Guyana is to bring back some Chinese food.   We all have that craving imbedded in us.  I usually have a pack or two of chowmein in my pantry to combat the cravings.

Vegetable Chowmein

12 oz Chowmein noodles

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 cup shredded carrots

3 scallion, finely chopped

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp oyster sauce

1 1/2 tbsp fresh ground ginger

1/2 tsp chinese five spice powder

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp canola oil


Cook noodles according to directions on the package.  Place in a large bowl.  Add soy sauce, oyster sauce and five spice to noodles.  Mix until evenly distributed.

In a wok over medium fire, heat sesame and canola oil.   Add ginger, cook for 1 minute. Now add carrots and cabbage; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.   Add noodles  to pot and mix well, cook for an additional minute.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped scallion.