chow mein

\ ˈchau̇-ˈmān How to pronounce chow mein (audio) \

Definition of chow mein

: 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 Onwuachi also took chefs to mother-son duo Bibi and Michael Singh’s Hawthorne Asylum food cart (1080 S.E. Madison St.), which specializes in the food of Guyana, chow mein and all. oregonlive, 22 June 2021 Dishes include easy mac and cheese, chow mein, cottage pie, chicken korma, chocolate truffles and pancakes. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Patrons had previously enjoyed low-cost, Americanized chop suey and chow mein. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 28 Dec. 2020 For almost 40 years, the kitchen has been defying expectations of customers looking for another plate of chow mein and egg foo young, Kwan said. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Chinese noodles are generally referred to as chow here, because of the popularity of chow mein, and many cafés have at least four cuisines on their menu (usually Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Thai). Nayantara Dutta, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Sep. 2020 Perhaps my favorite noodle dish is chicken chow mein. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2020 Those looking for pad Thai, chow mein and pho will not find such foods at this festival. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 18 Feb. 2020 Sweet and slightly tangy, these chicken salad wraps get a hit of crunch from roasted almonds and crispy chow mein noodles. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of chow mein

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chow mein

Chinese (Guangdong) cháau-mihn fried noodles

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The first known use of chow mein was in 1898

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English Language Learners Definition of chow mein

: a combination of meat, mushrooms, and vegetables with fried noodles that is served in Chinese restaurants in the U.S.


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