|Literal meaning||mixed/stirred noodles|
|Alternative Chinese name|
Lo mein (simplified Chinese: 捞面; traditional Chinese: 撈麵; Cantonese Yale: lou1 min6; pinyin: lāo miàn) is a Chinese dish with wheat flour noodles. It often contains vegetables and some type of meat or seafood, usually beef, chicken, pork, shrimp or wontons. It can also be eaten with just vegetables.
Traditionally this is a variation of wonton noodle soup. The soup is simply separated from the noodles and other ingredients, and served on the side.
The term lo mein comes from the Cantonese lou1 min6 (撈麵), meaning “stirred noodles”. The Cantonese usage of the character 撈, pronounced lou1 and meaning "to stir", differs from the character's usual meaning of "to dredge" or "to scoop out of water" in Mandarin, in which case it would be pronounced as laau4 or lou4 in Cantonese (lāo in Mandarin). In Mandarin, the dish is more typically called bàn miàn (拌麵), not to be confused with bǎn miàn (板麵). In its country of origin, it is made of thin flour and egg noodles which are notable for their elastic texture.
American Chinese cuisine
In American Chinese restaurants, lo mein is a popular take-out food. In this setting, lo mein noodles are usually stirred with a sauce made from soy sauce and other seasonings. Vegetables such as bok choy and cabbage can be mixed in and meats like roast pork, beef or chicken are often added. Shrimp lo mein, lobster lo mein, vegetable lo mein, and "House" lo mein (more than one meat) are sometimes available.
A version sold in many places in western North America is sometimes labeled as chow mein. However, the two are prepared differently. Chow mein is fried to varying degrees of crispness, while lo mein is kept soft.
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