Lo Mein (Take-Out Copycat)

by Alyona's Cooking
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Lo mein should not be a lengthy process (if Chinese Restaurants can have it ready in a fastly manner then the process should be fairly quick.) This Lo mein recipe doesn’t require a dozen of different condiments and the process from start to finish is probably less than 20 minutes! Make it Chicken Lo mein but vegetables that you may already have on hand can be all that you really need. 

Bamboo shoots or bean sprouts are not mandatory to make lo mein, using the ends of a romaine head (or any salad greens, chopped up with white parts), or even a stalk of celery can all make substitutes for the crunchy veggies.  The sauce ingredients are simple and the only Asian condiments needed is soy sauce and oyster sauce. Oyster sauce can be found at Walmart but if for any reason you want to use something else I found that a stir-fry sauce has oyster extracts in it, so perhaps that can be a substitute for the oyster sauce. Making Lo mein is simple with some cooking, frying and tossing you have a take-out copycat made from home. This is a must try recipe if you like Lo mein!

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INGREDIENTS for Lo Mein (Take-Out Copycat):

  • 1 lb Lo-mein noodles (can use dried ramen noodles or spaghetti pasta)
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage (can use napa cabbage, bottoms of salad greens or regular cabbage)
  • 1 small onion, sliced

How to make SAUCE for Lo Mein:

  • 2 TBSP oyster sauce
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp dried ginger
  • dash of white pepper

DIRECTIONS to make Lo Mein (Take-Out Copycat):

1. Cook noodles to package instructions. Drain; rinse and toss with 1 TBSP oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.

2. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 TBSP of oil and veggies. Stir until vegetables are nicely seared (about 3 minutes.) Add in the noodles and pour in the sauce. Toss everything together over high heat until well combined. Serve.

NOTE: Add 1 tsp of sesame oil with the veggies for an aromatic flavor. Use peanut oil or canola oil for the stir-fry.

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The difference between Lo Mein and Chow mein Noodles-

Lo mein noodles tend to run slightly bigger then chow mein noodles. Both lo mein and chow mein noodles are made from wheat flour and since lo mein is made from eggs it is notable for it’s elastic texture. Chow mein, on the other hand, can be steamed or bought crispy.

Where to buy Lo Mein noodles?

I buy Lo mein noodles in the freezer section of Restaurant Depo but here is the exact brand of the lo mein noodles that I use. Twin Marquis lo mein can be kept frozen until needed and takes minutes to cook. I highly recommend this brand!

 

3.96 from 47 votes

Lo Mein (Take-Out Copycat)

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Lo mein should not be a lengthy process (if Chinese Restaurants can have it ready in a fastly manner then the process should be fairly quick.) This Lo mein recipe doesn't require a dozen of different condiments and the process from start to finish is probably less than 20 minutes! Make it Chicken Lo mein but vegetables that you may already have on hand can be all that you really need.
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lo-mein noodles can use dried ramen noodles or spaghetti pasta
  • 1 carrot julienned
  • 1/2 cup cabbage chopped/ can use napa cabbage, bottoms of salad greens or regular cabbage
  • 1 onion Small, sliced

Ingredients for Lo Mein Sauce

  • 2 TBSP oyster sauce
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/8 tsp dried ginger
  • dash of white pepper

Instructions

  • Cook noodles to package instructions. Drain; rinse and toss with 1 TBSP oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 TBSP of oil and veggies. Stir until vegetables are nicely seared (about 3 minutes.) Add in the noodles and pour in the sauce. Toss everything together over high heat until well combined. Serve.
  • NOTE: Add 1 tsp of sesame oil with the veggies for an aromatic flavor. Use peanut oil or canola oil for the stir-fry.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 775mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1455IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Nutrition Facts
Lo Mein (Take-Out Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 775mg34%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1455IU29%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 comments

Sharon January 13, 2020 - 9:24 pm

Is there any substitute for oyster sauce, or can out be eliminated altogether for those who don’t like it. Our family doesn’t like oyster or fish sauce and are always looking for ways around those ingredients.

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Alyona's Cooking January 14, 2020 - 6:53 am

Hi Sharon, it’s tough to say considering that’s what binds this recipe up. You could try hoisin sauce it’s without seafood if that’s the taste you’re trying to eliminate, but the results may not be the same. Let me know what worked for you.

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Aundre Rodriguez December 1, 2019 - 10:29 pm

5 stars
It was so good. I did add more veggies

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Alyona's Cooking December 2, 2019 - 8:04 am

Great to hear, Aundre!

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Tami November 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Fantastic! TRuly copycat- actually tastes just like good takeout. Thank you!,

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Alyona's Cooking November 12, 2019 - 8:19 pm

Hi Tami,
I’m so glad to hear!

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Anna July 30, 2018 - 2:03 pm

5 stars
I tried this over the weekend, soo good!

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Alyona's Cooking July 30, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Thank you, Anna! I’m glad to hear that!

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