There’s nothing quite like the flavor, and comfort, of a meal made of Asian style noodles. While Chow Mein has been a long term staple dish worldwide, Lo Mein has definitely captured the interest of diners everywhere, too.
If you’re wondering about the difference between the 2 dishes—for your next dining out experience, or if you’re looking for a couple of sure-fire, easy recipes that you can make at home, you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Just remember: Whichever you prefer, Lo Mein or Chow Mein, you simply can’t go wrong.
Chow Mein Vs Lo Mein
Both dishes are made from flour and egg noodle mixture and typically include similar meat and vegetable additions. If you ever wondered what is the difference between Chow Mein and Lo Mein – the answer is simple – it’s the way you cook the noodles.
Chow Mein noodles are fried to create a crispy texture, while Lo Mein noodles are boiled to retain softness. While both are delicious, texture is key and makes the two dishes undeniably unique.
Easy Chicken Lo Mein
1 lb thinly sliced chicken breast
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp sesame oil
¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
½ cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup sliced onion
½ cup sliced carrot,
½ cup snap peas (cut in half)
4 servings of boiled egg noodles
For Garnish: 2 Tbsp finest chopped scallions
Place the chicken in a bowl, then coat with salt and pepper and 1 tsp sesame oil.
In a second bowl, mix broth, 1 tsp of sesame oil, Hosein sauce, soy sauce, and cornstarch. Combine well.
In a frying pan or wok ( if you have one) heat the vegetable oil. Cook the chicken a few minutes, until done. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Then add ginger and garlic to the pan and cook until soft—being careful not to burn the garlic. Remove from pan.
Now add the onions, carrots, mushrooms, and snap peas to the same pan and stir fry until tender.
Place the chicken back in the pan, add the sauce, noodles, and any additional ingredients. Toss and incorporate well.
Serve with a garnish of scallions. Delicious!
Two-Step Chow Mein
8 oz Chow Mein noodles
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1 carrot, thinly sliced
½ cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
For Garnish: Chopped green onions
Step 1: Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package.
Step 2: Take a large skillet and heat the peanut oil. Then add the vegetables and stir fry for just a couple of minutes. Now, add the remaining ingredients. Toss the noodles to make sure they’re well coated.
Garnish with green onions. This dish is as easy as it is authentic. Enjoy!
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