Chow Mein Noodles
One of the most popular Chinese recipes is Chow Mein. Walk into any Chinese restaurants or takeouts, you will see it on the menu. Chow Mein is made with an assortment of ingredients: chicken, shrimp, vegetables, and seasoned with savory sauces. In this easy chow mein recipe, you’ll learn the authentic techniques on how to make stir-fried Chinese noodles with store-bought ingredients.
Difference between Chow Mein and Lo Mein
Many people are confused about the difference between chow mein and lo mein. Chow Mein means 炒面 in Chinese, or fried noodles literally, meaning the noodles will be stir-fried. In this chow mein recipe, it means the noodles will be stir-fried (in a wok or skillet) with the other ingredients. Lo Mein means 捞面 in Chinese, which is mixed noodles. So in Lo Mein, the noodles are simply mixed with other ingredients and there is no stir-frying. Lo Mein is also saucy. Check out my Shrimp Lo Mein to see the difference.
What Kinds of Noodles to Use
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. What types of noodles should you use? There are all kinds of fresh and dry noodles available; for the best homemade Chow Mein, you want to use egg noodles, fresh or dry. Fresh egg noodles are sometimes labeled as steamed chow mein. If you use dry egg noodles, just make sure you follow the package instructions.
Vegetables in Chow Mein
You can have different types of vegetables in Chow Mein but the common ones are bean sprouts, cabbage, carrots and scallions. They pair perfectly with the egg noodles. The more vegetables you have in Chow Mein, the healthier is the dish.
How to Make Chow Mein
First, you need to make Chow Mein sauce by mixing all the ingredients together. Then, using a wok or skillet, stir fry the garlic, chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Add the noodles and the sauce and stir fry until the noodles and all the ingredients are well combined. This Chow Mein recipe is pretty healthy and low in calories, at 537 calories.
Other Chow Mein Recipes:
- Chicken Chow Mein
- Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat
- Shrimp Chow Mein
- Vegetable Chow Mein
- Soy Sauce Chow Mein
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