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Duck Chow Mein with Hoisin Sauce

Duck chow mein a delicious take on the classic Chinese noodle-based takeaway favourite, my version adds hoisin sauce for a real flavour boost.

The hoisin sauce is a nod to the classic flavours of duck and pancakes and this whole dish takes around half an hour to cook!

Hoisin duck chow mein stir fry with noodles, carrots and runner beans.

Hoisin Duck Breast Lo Mein

The names lo mein and chow mein once denoted the difference between a crisp and wet noodle dish. But today the names have kinda melded into one, certainly here in Europe!

I love a good chow mein and chicken chow mein or beef chow mein was the thing I used to order most often from a Chinese takeaway.

My duck chow mein recipe is a delicious departure from a tradional dish.

Just like my mushroom chow mein this recipe replaces oyster sauce with hoising sauce. The former is aimed at keeping a recipe vegetarian, however in this recipe it is all about flavour!

Let’s face it duck and hoisin sauce is an absolute classic combination, duck, pancakes and hoisin anyone?

This recipe uses the cold pan method of starting off the duck breast, it is the same way I cook my duck breast in orange sauce.

It renders out the fat beautifully and leads to a wonderful texture in the skin. As a bonus it leaves loads of delicious duck fat in the base of the wok. This adds an incredible mouth feel and flavour to this duck and noodle stir fry.

But because duck fat has a low smoking point, your smoke alarm may go off when cooking this!

If you like the idea of a duck breast stir fry check out my duck and plum stir fry.

Close-up hoisin duck chow mein stir fry with noodles, carrots and runner beans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use duck breast?

No, you could use any duck in this chow mein recipe, it is particularly good with leftovers.

I’ve made this with leftovers from my whole roast duck and even roasted an extra leg when cooking my crispy roast duck legs or hoisin duck legs and used them the following day.

Yes, I like cooking duck, I have lots of recipes, if you want more type “duck” into the search function!

Can I use other vegetables?

Yes, use anything you like or have to hand. Just add them to the wok in descending order of cooking time. Be sure to cut them into bite-sized pieces!

My stir-fries usually end up “soggy” what am I doing wrong?

There are two keys to keeping a stir fry fresh, speed and heat!

You need to do all of the prep work for your stir fry in advance because you genuinely do not have time to prep or hunt for ingredients when you start. Invest in some small bowls and arrange them in order of adding them to the wok

Secondly and the one most often people fail with is not having the wok hot enough. It needs to be “smoking hot”. As I have mentioned earlier because duck fat has a relatively low smoking point this will be extra smoky!

Can I use glass or rice noodles?

It would not be a choice that I would make, however, they work relatively well in this dish.

Overhead hoisin duck chow mein stir fry with noodles, carrots and runner beans.

Serving Suggestions

I tend not to serve this duck chow mein with a side, instead I am fond of serving it with a starter.

I do this becaucse I’m a bit of a greedy chap when it comes to takeaway inspired food!

Crispy spring rolls or prawn toast are a great option, as are Chinese spare ribs if you are scaling this up to feed a crowd.

However, most often I will start off with a soup of some description. My Chinese influenced hot and sour soup, or chicken and sweetcorn soup are my favourites.

Oh yeah, don’t forget the prawn crackers!

Close-up duck breast chow mein stir fry with noodles, carrots and runner beans.

Equipment Used

I only mention specific brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questons feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Wok, I use a large carbon steel wok.
  • Kitchen tongs.
  • Stirring spoon.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Weihing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Mixing/prep bowls.
  • Sieve or colander.
Chinese takeaway style hoisin duck chow mein stir fry with noodles, carrots and runner beans.
Yield: 2 Servings

Chinese Duck Chow Mein Fakeaway Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A wonderfully simple Chinese fakeaway duck chow mein, featuring a sauce flavoured with hoisin sauce and loaded with vegetables!


  • 2 (350g Total) Duck Breasts
  • 1 (100g) Medium Onion
  • 1 (100g) Medium Carrot
  • 100g (1 Cup) Runner Beans
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 20g (½ Thumb sized Piece) Ginger
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 70g (½ Cup) Tinned Water Chestnuts
  • 70g (½ Cup) Tinned Bamboo Shoots
  • 150g (1 ½ Cups) Beansprouts
  • 2 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing Wine
  • 1 Tsp Cornflour
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
  • ½ Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Bundles (~125g) Dried Egg Noodles


  1. Dry the skin of the duck thoroughly and then score it in a cross-hatch pattern (∼1cm or 1/2" gaps), and set aside (not in the fridge) whilst you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Peel, then top and tail the onion and cut it into 8 wedges.
  3. Cut the carrot in half lengthways and then cut it into 2-3mm thick slices at a 45 angle to the carrot.
  4. Top and tail the runner beans and cut them into 25mm or 1" lengths at a 45 degree angle.
  5. Peel the garlic cloves and then slice them as thinly as you can.
  6. Peel the ginger and then cut it into batons as thinly as you can.
  7. Slice the spring onions at a 45 angle into strips 1-2mm thick.
  8. Mix together the soy sauces, hoisin sauce, shaoxing wine, cornflour and sesame oil in a bowl.
  9. Cook the noodles as per the instructions on the packet and then drain and refresh on cold water.
  10. Place the wok on the hob and add then season the duck skin with a pinch of salt, and place the breasts skin side down into the cold wok.
  11. Turn the heat to medium-low and allow the duck to slowly brown for 7-10 minutes. If you are using a ceramic electric hob, this may take a little longer, do not be tempted to turn up the heat.
  12. Flip the duck and cook for another 2 minutes then remove it and allow it to rest.
  13. Drain off most of the duck fat and add the vegetable oil, then turn the heat up under the wok to high.
  14. When the fat gets really hot, toss in the onion, runner beans and carrot and stir fry for 1 minute.
  15. Add garlic and ginger and stir fry for another 30 seconds.
  16. Add water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  17. Throw in the beansprouts and drained noodles and stir fry for 1 minute, then remove the wok from the heat for a minute or two.
  18. Thinly slice the duck breast across the breast, it should still be nice and pink, add it to the wok, return it to the heat and stir fry for 1 minute.
  19. Pour in the sauce and cook for 1 final minute.
  20. Toss through most of the spring onions keeping a few back to sprinkle on top as a garnish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 768Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 282mgSodium: 3116mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 7gSugar: 13gProtein: 57g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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