lo mein

\ ˈlō-ˈmān How to pronounce lo mein (audio) , ˌlō- \

Definition of lo mein

: a Chinese dish consisting of sliced vegetables, soft noodles, and usually meat or shrimp in bite-size pieces stir-fried in a seasoned sauce

Examples of lo mein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make a trip to your nearest Panda Express, which operates on normal restaurant hours, to fill up on fried rice, lo mein and all your other favorite Chinese dishes. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "All the Restaurants Open on New Year's Day 2021, Including Starbucks, McDonald's and More," 10 Dec. 2020 Try crab Rangoons, salt and pepper catfish or duck lo mein. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 Pearl Asian Kitchen Street foods like Beijing tacos and scallion pancakes dot the menu at Pearl Asian Kitchen, along with chicken entrees and lo mein. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "18 places to get Asian takeout during coronavirus restaurant-shutdown crisis," 8 Apr. 2020 In a back room, the gun-rights activists ate from plates piled with egg rolls, breaded shrimp, lo mein, peanut brittle, pineapple, and French fries. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "A New Backlash to Gun Control Begins in Virginia," 28 Jan. 2020 Add lo mein noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Prosper restaurant develops whimsical Chinese New Year dinner, including a pasta dish that will tingle your taste buds," 22 Jan. 2020 The selection is wide spanning, with categories that include stir-fries, lo mein, fried rice, chow fun, congee, and hotpot. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Where to go for brunch, ice cream, scones and more? You asked, we answered.," 3 Oct. 2019 Other Asian restaurant staples such as lo mein, sweet and sour chicken and pad Thai are also available. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Say hello to University Avenue’s newest restaurants," 26 Sep. 2019 Alice’s restaurant Alice’s Kitchen in Monterey Park is serving 17 types of congee plus giant pineapple buns stuffed with pastrami, lo mein with satay beef and Hong Kong-style noodle soup. Los Angeles Times, "New L.A. dining options include seafood on the coast," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lo mein

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lo mein

Chinese (Guangdong) lòu-mihn stirred noodles

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The first known use of lo mein was in 1970

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25 Dec 2020

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“Lo mein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lo%20mein. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lo mein

: a combination of soft noodles, vegetables, and usually meat or shrimp that is served in Chinese restaurants in the U.S.

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