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Lo mein should not be a lengthy process (if Chinese Restaurants can have it ready in a fast manner then the process should be fairly quick.) This Lo mein recipe doesn’t require a dozen 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 are 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!

Lo Mein (Take-Out Copycat)

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 7
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.

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 per serving

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSodium: 775mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1455IUVitamin C: 3.8mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.2mg

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    • Winona

    I made your sauce (doubled) over my shrimp, mushroom and asparagus stir fry.. it was delicious and will definitely use it again!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Yum!

    • Jackie

    Amazing !!!! I added zucchini and mushrooms, doubled the sauce and used about 1.5 of it. Great flavor, best lol mean recipe!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      So happy to hear that, Jackie!

    • Jennifer

    Did you use yellow or white onion, and just scallions for garnish?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Jennifer, sweet Vidilia or yellow skinned onions are the ones I likely used. You can garnish with green onions but it’s good without too.

    • Shanny

    So good. I used very fine and thin spaghetti; called Angel’s Hair. Loved it.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Wonderful, Shanny! I’m glad to hear pasta worked for you!

    • Tammy

    Delicious

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you, Tammy!

    • Dione Murray

    I also live in MN and found them at Wal-Mart. Below box, Simply Asia Chinese style Lomein noodles. Making this tonight with shrimp! Can’t wait!

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