Chow mein is a Chinese restaurant staple recipe that can easily made at home too.
“Chow” is a cooking method that means stir fry, “Mein” refers to Chinese noodles. So chow mein/chow main is a stir fry dish containing noodles, accompanied by ground meat and vegetables in sauces gravy.
In authentic stir fry mein recipes, the egg noodles (made of wheat flour, egg and water) are normally used. Although there are many different types of noodles was available too. Sometimes fettuccini or linguini makes a good substitute if desired.
Chow mein is staple recipe of many Chinese take-out restaurants; there are two different types, dryer crispy noodles that call for more oil and fry time and soft type that was parboiled and cooked. We suggest using soft noodles and stir fry them instead of deep frying them for an authentic taste of China. Scroll down to the bottom you can learn a lot authentic recipes.
The difference between chow mein and lo mein
The biggest difference between the two mein noodles is how they are prepared.
For chow mein, the parboiled egg noodles can be stir fried with the meat and vegetables or fry them separately into a noodle pancake and pour other ingredients over the top.
About lo mein, the vegetable or meat ingredients mixture will stir fried in sauces mixture and then pour into parboiled noodles and toss them completely. Normally serve with soups aside.
Want to know more the difference with the lo mein, see chow mein vs. lo mein
Chow mein and chow fun
“Mein” is a soft noodle, made from some type of unleavened wheat dough which is pulled into long and thin or rolled flat and cut into various shapes. “Fun” is a type of Chinese rice noodles, including ho fun, the broad, white in color and somewhat slippery noodles and another is the thin and long mei fun which could be sold in soft or dried types.
Want to know more the difference with the chow fun, see chow mein vs. chow fun
Chow mein and choy suey
Chop suey is stir fry whatever vegetables, accompanied with meat or chicken leftover recipes and served on a plate of cooked white rice, with no noodles at all, it is a very great recipe for you to cook when you want to clean your refrigerator leftover ingredients.
Calories in chow mein
In 1 cup (1.6oz) serving size of chow mein recipe, includes Calories 237, Total Fat 13.8g, and Total Carb. 25.9g and Protein 3.8g.