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15-minute Shanghai Noodles

Take a trip to Shanghai in just 15 minutes with this easy noodle dish. I used pork and udon noodles and paired them with mushrooms and Asian greens, but you could use any veg that you have in your crisper. The honey soy marinade is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury and would work equally well with chicken.


15-minute Shanghai Noodles

5 minutes
10 minutes

300g (10.5 oz) pork scotch steaks, pork belly or pork loin, thinly sliced

4 x 200g packets pre-cooked Shanghai or Japanese udon noodles

2 tbsp vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

6 shiitake mushrooms, sliced (if using dried shiitake mushrooms, soak them in warm water to soften before slicing)

1 cup sliced Chinese cabbage (also known as Napa cabbage or wombok)

1 cup sliced choy sum, bok choy or any other Asian greens



1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)


Stir-fry sauce:

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp sugar

  • Step 1

    Combine the pork with the marinade ingredients and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Combine the ingredients for the stir-fry sauce.

  • Step 3

    Heat a large pot of water over high heat. When boiling, add the noodles and use tongs to gently shake the noodles apart. As soon as they become loose, drain and transfer the noodles to a large bowl or tray.

  • Step 4

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the garlic and the marinated pork. Spread the pork out in the pan so that it has as much contact with the hot pan as possible. Sear for a minute or so then stir-fry and sear again. When the pork is almost cooked, add the shitake mushrooms and stir-fry for half a minute. Then add the cabbage and toss for another half a minute. Then add the choy sum and toss for another half a minute. Add the noodles and the stir-fry sauce and mix until everything is well combined. Serve warm.

What are Shanghai noodles made from?

Shanghai noodles are a specific type of noodle that are a wheat flour noodle, and are typically thin, round and slightly chewy.

If you’re looking for an easy Chinese dish, Shanghai noodles can be rustled up and on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. The beauty of this dish is its versatility; you can use whatever protein takes your fancy and whatever veg you have in your crisper. Give it a whirl – Shanghai noodles are a fantastic and family-friendly stir fry recipe.

I can't find Shanghai noodles. What can I use instead?

Shanghai noodles are normally readily available from your Asian grocer, but if you can’t find these specific ones, fear not! Udon noodles are a perfectly good substitute for Shanghai noodles, and are readily available in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

What do Shanghai noodles taste like?

Shanghai noodles are soft when cooked, but they remain a little bit chewy, with a pleasing bite to them. They are very similar in texture to an udon noodle.

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April 18, 2024

This was a very easy and very tasty meal.

I love’d it😋


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Very Easy & Tasty

March 28, 2024

Made exactly as written (except swapped out some of the veg for what I had on hand). Also added a splash of sesame oil at the end.

Very quick and easy to make – and very tasty.

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D. M.

Finally I found a perfect Shanghai noodle recipe

October 30, 2023

I am so thankful!! Was searching for a Shanghai noodle recipe that tastes exactly like this and even though I didn’t add the pork, mushroom and cabbage the stir fry sauce +1tbs sesame oil was exactly what I was searching for a long time. I did add some carrots and onions and was perfection! Like exactly the ones I find in food courts!!

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