Chinese Lo Mein Noodles recipe in a bowl with chopsticks

Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Recipe

When our Chinese friends are cooking, I usually go into a spectator mode, because many of their Asian recipes are new to me and a little intimidating! However, after always asking them to make their delicious Lo Mein Noodles recipe, they finally encouraged me to make it myself. I am happy to say I finally did, and its surprisingly easy! So now, it is your turn.

What is Lo Mein?

Lo mein is a Chinese dish typically made with egg noodles. It usually contains vegetables and some type of protein; such as beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp. It can also be served with just vegetables alone.

What’s the difference between lo mein and chow mein?

Similar to Lo Mein, Chow Mein is also a noodle dish, but the two are cooked differently. The chow mein noodle is generally fried and then immersed in sauce. Chow mein noodle’s crispy exterior softens, which gives the fried noodles a chewy texture. LoMein noodles on the other hand are not fried, but cooked then combined with sauce and vegetables. The noodle texture is usually soft and plump. Ultimately the difference comes down to the noodle texture. 

What kind of noodles do you use for lo mein?

Fresh egg noodles are commonly used for lo mein. The other option is dry noodles. Choose based on your personal preference and what is convenient to purchase. Dry noodles are widely available and come in lots of varieties. These are typically what we use the most. I prefer the skinny Canton noodles, approx 1/8 inch thick, but thicker ones work too. Egg noodles do not need to be precooked before adding to your sauce, but the dry noodles will need to be boiled in water beforehand.


Dry Canton Egg Noodles

 

In today’s recipe, we’ve combined the two recipe models because we are using dry noodles, and do slightly fry them to dry them out after boiling. When you use dry noodles, they are not quite as soft as egg noodles and retain a bite. Try different varieties and you will definitely find your favorite noodle. Dry is my fav! It’s in the mid-range for texture.

Easy Family Dinner Recipe

Lo Mein Noodles are the perfect family meal. Your kids will love them because they are delicious and fun! They may not suspect how nutritious all those veggies tucked in there are. Noodles would also be excellent on a dinner party menu or as a potluck dish idea. They are the ideal crowd-pleaser.

Best Main Dish or the Best Side Dish

Chinese Lo Mein Noodles do double duty, they can serve as a perfect and quick main dish OR, can also be an easy side dish. To make a complete and easy one-dish meal, add your favorite protein and plenty of vegetables. If you need more ideas for what ingredients to add, see below. If you just need a simple side dish recipe, just add your choice of vegetables, or skip the veggies altogether and go with just noodles and sauce. It tastes amazing either way!

Best Kitchen Tools to make Lo Mein

You can make this dish with a simple frying pan and wooden spoon, or go the authentic Chinese cooking route with a carbon steel wok. The choice is yours! If you want more ideas on how to up your game and expand your Chinese cooking arsenal, click here for ideas and wok reviews.

Most of us here are home cooks though and typically want easy to use and easy to clean. Below are my low maintenance kitchen favs to make today’s Chinese Lo Mein Noodles recipe or any of your favorite Asian recipes. (affiliate links in blue)

 

Nonstick Wok Stir Fry Pan
When I set out to do wok reviews this pan is my first choice! I love the solid black and that it has the high sides of a classic wok, but the nonstick hard-anodized surface, plus a see-through cover!🏆👏 It is durable, heats evenly, quickly, and prevents hot spots. Perfect for easy food release, tossing, cleaning, and healthy cooking.

Wok/Stir Fry Pan
A great wok with long-life nonstick, PFOA free Teflon select. I would use this for a variety of cooking, not just Asian stir fry recipes. It is coated 5 times with Teflon print designs and has extra-heavy gauge forged aluminum construction.

 

Wooden Spoon for Nonstick Pans
I absolutely love wooden spoons. Here’s a good solid, one-piece beech wood variety, and I do own a few of these! The OXO brand is awesome, it is always top quality. This spoon is great for woks and other cooking too. It’s got a large, comfortable handle, natural oil finish, and is safe for non-stick cookware.

Lo Mein Recipe Variations

Choose your favorite lo mein recipe, simply using vegetables, adding meat, seafood, or tofu!

Vegetable Lo Mein
This version is the easiest of all. Add your favorite vegetables and skip the protein. When we make Lo Mein as a side dish, we just use green onions or whatever veggies we have on hand.

Chicken Lo Mein
Chicken thighs or chicken breasts are the perfect choices for lo mein. Cut the chicken into thin, even strips.

Beef Lo Mein
The best beef for lo mein is either flank steak, skirt steak, ribeye or top sirloin. Slice against the grain and cook on high heat for just 30 seconds on each side.

Shrimp Lo Mein
Cook the shrimp separately and set aside. Add back in at the end, so you don’t overcook them.

Ingredients for Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Recipe

Below are a bunch of tasty ideas to create your own classic lo mein dinner.

Vegetable Ideas for Lo Mein Noodles

What are the best vegetables for lo mein? Below are lots of colorful vegetable varieties to get you started.

Green Onions
Carrots
Mushrooms
Yellow Pepper
Red Pepper
Orange Pepper
Chinese Celery
Garlic
Bean Sprouts

Lo Mein Sauce Ingredients

Here’s what you will need to make the delicious lo mein noodle sauce. If you like it super saucy, double the recipe!

Light Soy Sauce (Sometimes called Regular) These two names are used interchangeably. This is the most common type of soy sauce you will find in the United States. Light soy sauce is what you find at the typical grocery store or get with Chinese takeout. It is quite thin in consistency, light in color, and salty in flavor. Dave likes this Lee Kum Lee Premium Soy Sauce.

Dark soy sauce This type of soy sauce is darker in color, slightly opaque, and thicker in texture than light soy sauce. It tastes richer, sweeter, less salty, and savory than its lighter counterparts. Lee Kum Lee Premium Dark Soy Sauce.

Oyster Sauce Yes, oyster sauce is actually made from oysters! It is a rich, savory, dark sauce with a hint of sweetness. It is commonly used in stir-fries and other Asian-style dishes. Lee Kum Lee Oyster Sauce. As you can tell, I like and trust this brand and its quality!

Sesame oil This oil is derived from sesame seeds. It has the most amazing nutty smell and flavor. I could drink it, but that’s probably not a good idea. Sesame oil is best as a finisher, so this is added at the end of the recipe. Kadoya Pure Sesame Oil is the one we have been using. 

Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Instructions

1 In a large pot, boil water for the lo mein noodles. Cook the noodles until al dente, following the package instructions. Drain in a colander and rinse well in cold water. (Skip this step if using lo mein egg noodles, because they do not require pre-cooking.)

2 In a small bowl, combine light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil. Whisk together and set aside.

3 Heat 1-2 T oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add your choice of veggies. We just used bean sprouts and green onions in the 1-6 numbered instructions above and it was delicious, but you can add as many or few vegetables as you want!😋 Try bean sprouts, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, red, yellow, or green peppers. If using carrots, add them 1-2 minutes before other vegetables. Stir fry on all on high heat until crisp-tender, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

4 Add 1-2 T more oil in the same wok or skillet over high heat. Add just noodles. Stir fry the first side of the noodle pile. Gently move noodles around with tongs or chopsticks, pulling apart noodle clumps, separating, so the noodles are individually cooked and “dried out” for approximately 30-45 seconds.

Flip over the entire pile of noodles and cook on the other side for another 30-45 seconds, while continuing to pull apart and separate noodles.

5 Pour liquid sauce over the noodles. Mix and stir, then toss in the white halves of the green onions. Continue cooking 3-4 minutes, as you gently move the noodles around the pan. 

6 Next, add the darker green halves of the green onion and all of the other vegetables that you set aside. Stir fry 1 minute until warmed and well-combined. Serve immediately.

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Chinese Lo Mein Noodles recipe in a bowl with chopsticks

Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Recipe

  • Author: Cindy Munson

Description

Delicious and quick. Add colorful veggies and protein for a complete and balanced meal. Yummy noodle goodness!


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Ingredients

10 ounces Canton lo mein noodles, thin oriental style or lo mein egg noodles
1-2 T cooking oil
4 T light soy sauce
2 T dark soy sauce
2 T oyster sauce
1 t sesame oil
Your choice of vegetables:
56 green onions, separate white ends from green ends, cut into 2-inch lengths
bunch bean sprouts
carrot, julienned
garlic, minced
ginger, julienned
mushrooms, any variety, sliced
red, yellow or green bell pepper, julienned


Instructions

In a large pot, boil water for the lo mein noodles. Skip this step if using lo mein egg noodles, because they do not require pre-cooking. Cook the noodles until al dente, following the package instructions. Drain and rinse well in cold water.

In a small bowl, combine light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil. Whisk together and set aside.

Heat 1-2 T oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add your choice of veggies; bean sprouts, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, or peppers. (If using carrots, add them 1-2 minutes before other vegetables) Stir fry on all on high heat until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and heat. Set aside.

Add 1-2 T more oil in the same wok or skillet over high heat. Add noodles. Stir fry the first side of the noodle pile. Gently move noodles around with tongs or chopsticks, pulling apart noodle clumps, separating, so the noodles are individually cooked and “dried out” for approximately 30-45 seconds.

Flip over the entire pile of noodles and cook on the other side for another 30-45 seconds, while continuing to pull apart and separate noodles.

Pour liquid sauce over the noodles. Mix and stir, then toss in the white halves of the green onions. Continue cooking 3-4 minutes, as you gently move the noodles around the pan. Next, add the darker green halves of the green onion and cover them up with the noodles to warm. Let set 10-15 seconds.


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I hope you try creating your own version of this Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Recipe. What’s your favorite noodle? Let me know in the comment section below.
Thanks for visiting!

xo,
Cindy

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10 Comments
  • Danielle
    Posted at 18:16h, 29 July Reply

    Delicious!!

    • cindy
      Posted at 04:51h, 30 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Danielle! So glad you liked it.😃

  • Barbie
    Posted at 14:54h, 19 August Reply

    We loved this recipe. Thank you.

    • cindy
      Posted at 15:12h, 19 August Reply

      Awesome!😃 So happy you enjoyed it.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 15:40h, 23 August Reply

    This was such a hit! My whole family LOVES it!

    • cindy
      Posted at 16:27h, 23 August Reply

      Awesome to hear!! 😃 Thanks so much, Kelly!

  • Al
    Posted at 16:05h, 30 August Reply

    Very good and easy to make!

    • cindy
      Posted at 20:32h, 30 August Reply

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.😃

  • David
    Posted at 02:55h, 12 September Reply

    This was great! I switched out some of the veggies but otherwise, we loved it.

    • cindy
      Posted at 03:01h, 12 September Reply

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😃

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