: a seasoned stew of shredded or diced meat, mushrooms, and vegetables that is usually served with fried noodles

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They’re associated with Americanized Chinese food more than any other dumpling, often fried and tucked into countless takeout containers of chow mein and orange chicken. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2022 The Pekin’s signature dish, encapsulating its bi-cultural history, is the tomato beef chow mein. Rebecca Stumpf, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 The menu is still dominated by chow mein and chop suey but also contains Szechuan and Cantonese specialties. Rebecca Stumpf, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 Or the Mini Chow Mein sandwiches ($10), a Fall River-area classic, with crunchy chow mein and brown gravy on mini potato rolls. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 Several days a week, Jullet Achan moves around the kitchen of her apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, stirring up dishes from her Surinamese background: fragrant batches of goat curry, root vegetable soup and her own take on chicken chow mein. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Those items included a package of chow mein and a package of Oreos. Andrew Binion, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 Jess spends time with all three of her children making peanut butter blossoms and chocolate chow mein clusters and decorating sugar cookies. Lacey Howard, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Oct. 2021 Mai kept the Americanized offerings — chow mein, egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) cháau-mihn fried noodles

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chow mein was in 1898

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“Chow mein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chow%20mein. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

: a thick stew of shredded meat, mushrooms, and vegetables served with fried noodles
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