Friday, October 25, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Delectable Pork Chow Mein

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

This recipe for Delectable Pork Chow Mein was written on the back of a pink piece of note paper. The front side of the page advertises “Bob Collier Electric Co.” in Denver, Colorado and has a handwritten recipe for Hamburger Tomato Scallop. Judging by the phone number of the company advertised (Pearl 3677), the page dates to around the 1950s or so.

You may notice the original recipe calls for “Pacal” celery. I believe this is supposed to read “Pascal” celery. This is what says about pascal celery:

“The most commonly used in the United States is stalk celery or Pascal, which thrives in long, cool growing climates in USDA, zones 2-10”. 

So go ahead a pick up some celery at the grocery store. Chances are, it’s pascal celery.

The original handwritten recipe does not mention when to add in the green pepper, onion, celery and pimentos. I saute it after cooking the pork and before adding the salt and water.

The recipe was found in an old large recipe file box full of other clippings and recipe cards. See more recipes from this collection!

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Delectable Pork Chow Mein


  • 1 lb. Lean Pork Shoulder
  • 2 Tbs. Salad Oil or other melted fat
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Green Pepper, medium - cut into strips
  • 2 cups Celery, sliced thin and diagonal
  • 1 cup Onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Pimentos, diced
  • 1 can Bean Sprouts, 18 oz. can, drained
  • 1 can Sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs. Molasses
  • 2 Tbs. Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Cornstarch, mixed with 1 cup water
  • 3 - 4 cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 can Chow Mein Noodles


  1. Cut pork into half inch slices, about 4 inches long.
  2. Saute pork in the salad oil or fat 8 minutes.
  3. Add celery, onions, green peppers and pimentos. Saute until onions turn clear.
  4. Add salt and 1 1/4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Add bean sprouts, mushrooms, molasses and soy sauce. Cook 10 minutes.
  6. Add the cornstarch mixed with 1 cup water to pot and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Serve over rice. Top with Chow Mein Noodles.
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