What's the difference between chow mein and lo mein? We've got the answer and a delicious recipe for you right here!
Navigating a menu when ordering out at a Chinese restaurant can be quite a challenge, especially as there are so many dishes and so many different names of dishes that can confuse things even more!
One of the most common questions that arises is 'what is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?'. So here we will be taking a look at both dishes to clarify the difference, so you will know exactly what you are ordering.
‘Mein’ is the Chinese word for noodles which is the main feature in both lo and chow mein.
The difference between the two dishes is the way in which the noodles are prepared. Lo mein refers to noodles that have been tossed, whereas chow mein refers to fried noodles.
Both dishes call for Chinese egg noodles, which are noodles made of wheat flour and egg. When preparing chow mein you can use either fresh or dried noodles, but fresh is best for lo mein.
When making chow mein you can stir fry the cooked noodles with your meat and vegetables to crisp them up. Alternatively, you can fry the noodles to create a pancake and then top them with the stir fried meat and veggies.
The noodles in a lo mein are parboiled and then added towards the end of cooking, tossing them with the sauce and other veggies and meat.
If you are looking to recreate a chow mein at home, try this Panda Express Chow Mein recipe which is much healthier but just as delicious. Or, give this Tofu Vegetable Lo Mein recipe a try - you can always sub the tofu for your meat of choice if you prefer.
For an even healthier alternative, try making ths healthy Baked Chicken Chow Mein which offers the crisp noodles you love in a chow mein but massively reduces the fat content. In fact, each serving of this recipe has less than 400 calories!