chow mein

noun (1)
\ ˈchau̇-ˈmān How to pronounce chow mein (audio) \

Definition of chow mein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lo mein

noun (2)
\ ˈlō-ˈmān How to pronounce lo mein (audio) , ˌlō-\

Definition of lo mein (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Total: 25 minutes plus chilling Directions: 12 oz. chocolate chips 3/4 c. smooth peanut (or other nut) butter 5 c. chow mein noodles 10 oz. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Chocolate Easter Nests," 29 Mar. 2019 Ate our usual dinner of chow mein at a restaurant near hotel. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 The basic chow mein with skinny noodles and bits of green onion also was on point. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Emerald Chinese Cuisine, a casual, all-day eater, serves traditional fried rice, chow mein, noodle soup and plated entrees along with a few Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Pam Kragen,, "Craving Asian food? At local casinos, you're in luck," 29 Apr. 2018 Try mixing it into dumpling filling, making a sauce with soy sauce or flavoring cooked noodles for chow mein. Grace Wong,, "How to shop Asian grocery stores and stock your pantry," 1 Mar. 2018 More familiar noodle dishes were also successful; my expectations for chicken chow mein are generally low, but Yue Huang’s was a good version, with the distinctive smoky taste of the hot wok, a light hand with oil and big chunks of tender chicken. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Dining review: Yue Huang in Natomas ranks among the best in Sacramento area for dim sum | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Oct. 2017 The noodles in the chicken chow mein ($6.99) were equally well cooked and laden with fresh, crunchy vegetables and cubes of perfectly tender chicken. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Nepalese restaurant brings the spice and will leave you wanting mo mo | Review," 18 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

BLD’s Cafe serves 10 Chinese and Thai specialty dishes, including lo mein, fried rice, kung pao chicken and pad thai. Pam Kragen,, "Craving Asian food? At local casinos, you're in luck," 29 Apr. 2018 Diners will also find all of their Hawkers’ favorites in the Windermere restaurant, including popular dishes such as the roti canai, pad Thai, steamed bao, chicken lo mein, and more. Lauren Delgado,, "First look: Hawkers Asian Street Fare in Windermere," 16 Apr. 2018 Then again, that could also have been a power play on Elizabeth’s part, a symbolic chastising of Philip for filling up on Kung Pao chicken and lo mein (both, it should be noted, notoriously Westernized interpretations of Chinese cuisine). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Americans begins its long plunge toward the end in a riveting episode," 12 Apr. 2018 The Latin cuisine joins a larger menu of global food, from peking duck lo mein to wiener schnitzel sliders. Lauren Delgado,, "SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival adds more Latin dishes to lineup," 13 Mar. 2018 The shiitake mushroom lo mein ($10.95) also has great texture and boasts large florets of broccoli sauteed until crisp-tender and tossed with Chinese egg noodles, mushrooms and an assortment of veggies. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Zen Garden is perfect example of how good vegetarian food can be | Review," 10 Jan. 2018 My favorite dish is the salt and pepper fish and lo mein. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Lucky Panda keeps it simple with fresh food," 14 Feb. 2018 At Nom Wah, Li and his team made the dish using a package of thick yi mein noodles, though Li said lo mein or other kinds of noodles would also work. Allison Steele,, "Celebrating Chinese New Year: Dumplings for wealth and noodles for a long life," 12 Feb. 2018 Dishes include a marshmallow and Nutella empanada, Peking duck lo mein and wild berry chocolate bread pudding. Lauren Delgado,, "Mark your calendar with some foodie events," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chow mein

Noun (1)

1898, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chow mein

Noun (1)

Chinese (Guangdong) cháau-mihn fried noodles

Noun (2)

Chinese (Guangdong) lòu-mihn stirred noodles

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English Language Learners Definition of chow mein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lo mein


English Language Learners Definition of lo mein (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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