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Chinese Lo Mein Noodles Recipe

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


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


Lo Mein

6-8 ounces Canton lo mein noodles, thin oriental style, lo mein egg, or ramen noodles

cooking oil

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

toasted sesame seeds, optional garnish

Your Choice of Vegetables

green onions, 2-inch slices (separate white from green ends)

carrot, julienned

mushrooms, any variety, sliced

red, yellow, or green bell pepper, julienned

garlic, minced

ginger, julienned

bunch bean sprouts


In a large pot, boil water for the lo mein noodles. Skip this step with lo mein egg noodles, as 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, and sesame oil. Whisk together and set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil (I use sesame or avocado oil) in a non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high or high heat.

Add your choice of veggies. Add the denser vegetables 1-2 minutes before other vegetables. These include the carrots and the white slices of the green onions (reserve the green slices for near the end), Add in any remaining vegetables. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes, until crisp and tender. Remove from the pan. Set aside.

Add 2 teaspoons of oil. to the same pan, then half of the 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. The sizzling is the moisture you are removing. (I love this part!)

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 the noodles. Set aside and repeat with the other half of the noodles.

When all noodles are fried, return all noodles and vegetables to the pan. Add in the green ends of the green onion.

Pour half of the liquid sauce over the noodles. Mix and stir, then taste. Pour in more sauce until you get the flavor strength you desire. The color will be a good indicator. I prefer medium brown.

Garnish with toasted sesame seeds if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Vegetables. You can add as many or a few vegetables as you want! Try bean sprouts, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, and red, yellow, or green peppers.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese, Asian, Chicken Lo mein, Lo mein, Lo mein noodles

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