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

Examples of chow mein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the lunch combo options include shrimp chop suey, sweet and sour pork, beef with broccoli, vegetable chow mein, salt and pepper chicken wings. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Jerk chow mein is a fiery example of third-culture cuisine Want more recipes and tips? Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 Also available are ginger beef over rice ($11.25), tofu and barbecue pork over rice ($10.95), and shrimp chow mein ($12.50). Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 23 Mar. 2024 Aromas from its classic dishes of honey walnut prawns, kung pao chicken, an assortment of chow mein and the famous banana cream pie continue to waft from the kitchen. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Best Hong Kong Dining Best Hong Kong Dining offers a variety of fried rice, chow mein, chow fun and rice dishes for under $12. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2024 For those with a bigger appetite, the plated entrees, priced from $13.75 to $15.25, include Mongolian beef, honey walnut shrimp, kung pao chicken and chow mein noodles. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 As chefs continue to push the culinary envelope, things like sushi nachos, chow mein sandwiches, and taco salads are popping up on menus around the country. Nicole Kagan, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2023 Also, Indian and Chinese influences have made curries and chow meins part of the national menu. Roger Sands, Forbes, 5 May 2023

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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 18 May. 2024.

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chow mein

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