Well I had to do a google search on this recipe, well the recipe is compliments of one of my featured Co-Hosts, Ramona over at Curry & Comfort. Thanks Ramona! I’m trying to understand the different between Chicken Lo Mein and Chicken Chow Mein. Ramona says Chow Mein but google seems to be leaning towards Lo Mein. Well I made my dish a tad bit different than Ramona, I had pre-made noodles and tossed them with the veggies and sauce, then served.
Question: What is the Difference Between Lo Mein and Chow Mein?
Know Your Noodle Vocabulary
Mein or mian is simply the Chinese word for noodles. Lo Mein means “tossed noodles,” while chow mein or chao mian means “fried noodles.”
What Type of Noodles are Used in Chow Mein and Lo Mein dishes?
Both lo mein and chow mein are made with Chinese egg noodles – wheat flour noodles with egg added. Fresh egg noodles (preferably about 1/4-inch thick) are best for lo mein, while either fresh or dried can be used to make chow mein. Either way, the noodles need to be softened in boiling water before cooking. Dried noodles are parboiled in boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes before using, while fresh egg noodles only need to be boiled for 2 to 3 minutes. The exact amount of cooking time will depend on the thickness of the noodles, so be sure to follow the package instructions if available. But whether you’re working with fresh or dried noodles, the goal is to boil them until they are just cooked but not too soft (what the Italian’s call “al dente,” or “cooked to the tooth”).
How are Lo Mein and Chow Mein Prepared?
One method of preparing chow mein noodles is to fry them separately into a “noodle pancake” and then pour the stir-fried meat and vegetables over the fried noodles. The chow mein noodles can also be stir-fried with the meat/poultry and vegetables.
With lo mein, the parboiled noodles are frequently added near the end of cooking to heat through and toss with the other ingredients and sauce. Alternately, the parboiled noodles may be tossed with a sauce and the stir-fried ingredients poured over.
1/4 soy sauce
2 Tbs oyster sauce (I omitted this because I couldn’t find it in the store!)
1/4 cup Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbs sesame oil
1/8 tsp Chinese Five Spice (I used Hot Shot, I figured spicy is spicy!)
1/4 chicken stock with 1 Tbs of cornstarch made into a slurry
Cook pasta noodles 1-2 minutes shy of package instructions. (I skipped this part because I knew mine were already done to that point so I added them at the end.) Drain and set aside until later. Add 2tsp of cornstarch to sliced chicken and allow to set for a few minutes.
While this was happening, I then made my sauce. I just stirred it inside a measuring cup for easy access
Next add the sliced cabbage, celery and any other vegetables (accept the bean sprouts). Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add your sauce ingredients and stir fry until sauce begins to boil and thicken.
Finally add the bean sprouts and cook for a minute then add the cooked pasta and toss well with the sauce and vegetables. Taste for seasoning and serve hot. Don’t be afraid to taste and add what it may be missing to your taste. I’m really bad at the whole “making a slurry” or “thickening” process it’s sometimes called, my sauces never thicken 🙁 However I didn’t care because the taste was amazing.