“Chow” is a cooking method that means stir fry, “Mein” refers to Chinese noodles. So chow mein is a stir fry dish containing noodles, accompanied by ground meat and vegetables in sauces gravy. The food is available in almost any restaurants that have Chinese food and it has also spread to other cultures and countries.
About lo mein, it is a popular take-out food in American Chinese restaurants, and it is a dish with wheat flour noodles, contains vegetables and meat or seafood. The parboiled noodles normally served aside other ingredients or toss them completely while serving.
What Type of Noodles are Used in Chow Mein and Lo Mein dishes?
The egg noodle which was made of wheat flour, water and egg added is normally used in chow mein and lo mein dishes. if the Chinese noodles aren’t available, use “mei fun”(the thin and long Chinese noodles) or “ho fun” as a handy substitute.
They are two types of egg noodles, the fresh/soft noodles need to be softened in boiling water for 2-3 minutes while the dried noodles call for more time to be parboiled, about 5-8 minutes. No matter how long do they cost, the final result is to boil them until cooked but not over-soft, because depend on different thickness of the noodles, the time would be different.
How to Prepare Lo Mein and Chow Mein?
For the chow mein preparation, the vegetables and meat has to be stir fried, one way is to add the mixtures over the top of pan-fried egg noodles, the other method is to add the parboiled noodles into stir frying vegetables and meat combination, a way to cook authentic Chinese mein food.
About Lo mein, the parboiled noodles don’t need to stir fried, they are added to the cooked other ingredients and sauces at the end of cooking, or maybe tossed with a sauce only. So it is very simple to fast to handle. That is why it becomes one of the most popular take-out foods in American Chinese restaurants.
Shrimp Chow Mein: One of the most popular dishes in Chinese cuisine, it has many variations, depending on your own taste.
Vegetable Chow Mein: Soft egg noodles was used in this dish recipe, if you don’t have noodles available, try substituting fettuccini or linguini.
Beef Lo Mein: This beef lo mein is a simple Chinese mein recipe and it taste really wonderful, as the black bean sauce and pepper powder enhance the flavor of beef.
Vegetarian Lo Mein: Vegetarian lo mein makes a great dinner or late nigh snack.