Speaking of Chinese stir-fried dishes, the Lo Mein recipe is one of our easiest and quickest. Here we are to share it with you so you can have the time of your life. In this article, you will learn how to make Lo Mein with its traditional sauce and our secret ingredient, Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce, for an out-of-the-world experience.
History of Lo Mein Recipe
To know the origin of the Lo Mein, we need to travel 2000 years back to the Han Dynasty in China. Someone discovered a process of mixing water and flour and shaping them into noodles. Since then, it has become an integral part of Chinese culture. They are not only popular because of their unique taste; the long uncut noodles symbolize prosperity and health. It is customary to serve noodles on birthdays as a good omen.
The name originated from Cantonese “lōu mihn,” which literally means stirred noodles. The most common type of noodles is wheat noodles or rice noodles because wheat is one of the significant crops in China. Today egg noodles are widely liked all around the globe.
In America, Lo Mein graces every menu card and is one of the most popular take-out foods. Lo Mein is often confused with Chow Mein, but the one prepared in the US is different from both dishes. What is the difference between Chow Mein and Lo Mein is often asked? The answer is very plain. In Lo Mein, noodles are kept tender, but Chow Mein is made of fried noodles that make it crispier. On the other hand, Lo Mein is prepared with soy sauce and other herbs, with chopped vegetables and meats in the Us. In this article, you will get to know the traditional Lo Mein Recipe paired with Egg Drop Soup and Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce.
How to Make Lo Mein?
Restaurant-style Lo Mein is everyone’s favorite, but homemade Lo Mein has a flavor that no restaurant can compete with. Follow our Lo Mein recipe and have the time of your life while cooking and eating it.
Ingredients for Lo Mein Noodles:
- Egg Noodles: half-packet
- Chicken: ½ kg
- Sesame Oil: to fry
- Green Onions: 3 (chopped)
- Ginger and Garlic: 2 Tbsp (grated)
- Vegetables: carrots, bell peppers (red, yellow, green), cabbage, bok choy, mushrooms, and broccoli
- Mirin: 2 Tbsp
Ingredients for Lo Mein Sauce:
- Dark Soy Sauce: 2 Tbsp
- Light Soy Sauce: 1 Tbsp
- Sesame Oil: 1 Tbsp
- Cornstarch: 2 Tbsp
- Light Brown Sugar: 1 tsp
Rinse the chicken thoroughly, de-fat it if needed, and put it in a strainer so the excess water may drain out.
Move to chop vegetables. It is not necessary to put all the vegetables in the Lo Mein, you can only add the ones you like. Cut your favorite ones and reserve them for later use.
Take a deep pan, pour water according to the quantity of noodles. Bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, mix the ingredients for the sauce, stir them well so the sugar may dissolve completely. Reserve it for later use. In the meantime, add the egg noodles to the boiling water, sprinkle a pinch of salt, and one tablespoon of olive oil. The salt will add taste, and olive oil will prevent it from sticking together. As the noodles boil, keep stirring gently.
In a wok, add olive oil and grated garlic and ginger. As it turns golden brown, add chicken and stir fry it. When the chicken is halfway done, start adding the vegetables that take time to cook. For instance, start with mushrooms, then add carrots, and bok choy let them cook for a while. Then add broccoli, and bell peppers. Stir fry them.
Pour the sauce ingredients and let it thicken when the vegetables are done. Taste the sauce, add spices i.e., salt or black pepper powder, if needed.
In the meanwhile, noodles will be boiled. Take them out in a strainer and quickly rinse with cold water, so they do not stick.
Let them sit in the strainer for two to three minutes. Then add them to the stir-fried chicken and vegetables. Mix them well, sprinkle some sesame seeds and cover the pot with a lid.
Serve hot with French fries or mint margarita.
This easy and quick stir fry recipe can be made easier. Making the perfect Lo Mein sauce recipe comes as a challenge. It is one of the main ingredients of the Lo Mein and achieving the perfect consistency, and the right amount of spices makes it a bit challenging. Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauces have made our lives significantly easier. It has the perfect consistency and spices. Moreover, it saves us a lot of time. Just pour a generous amount of it into the chicken and vegetables and stir fry them. This sauce adds a flavor to the Lo Mein that no restaurant can ever offer.
Side Dishes with Lo Mein
Lo Mein is one of the tastiest Chinese dishes and is perfect for every meal. If you want to turn it into a full-fledged meal, serve it with chicken sandwiches, fries, or Egg Drop Soup. Chinese cuisine is famous for its stir-fry dishes as well as for a variety of soups. You can pair Lo Mein with Egg Drop Soup to enhance the taste.
Egg Drop Soup
This easy-to-make Egg Drop Soup is famous as Egg Flower Soup because of the aesthetic egg strands that form in it. It is one of the perfect side dishes to complement the flavorful Lo Mein.
To make this quick Egg Drop Soup, you will need:
- Tomato: 1 (sliced)
- Oil: 2 Tbsp
- Ginger and Garlic: 2 tsp (grated)
- Spring Onion: to taste and garnish
- Sugar and Salt: to taste
- Chicken Stock: 2 cups
- Cornstarch: 1 ½ tsp
- Eggs: 2 (beaten)
This soup does not take long to cook, so prepare all the ingredients before you start cooking.
Add oil, grated garlic and ginger, and sliced spring onions in a pan. Stir fry them until golden brown. Then add the diced tomatoes and stir fry them until saucy. If you want the tomatoes to be completely dissolved, mash them at this point. Add salt and sugar to taste.
After lightly mashing the tomatoes, add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in water in a small bowl, and add it to the tomato sauce. Keep stirring continuously, so it does not get lumpy.
As the soup starts to thicken, add the beaten eggs and keep stirring continuously. You will see that little strands of eggs shall start to form. Cook it for a minute and when it reaches your desired consistency, turn off the flame and serve it in a bowl. Garnish it with some spring onions to give it an aesthetic appeal.
Storage Options for Lo Mein Noodles
If you have leftover Lo Mein, you can refrigerate it for up to three days. Microwave them and enjoy the delicious Lo Mein.
If you want to make your job easier, freeze marinated chicken and chopped vegetables. So when you have to make Lo Mein, you only boil the noodles and prepare it within a few minutes.
Lo Mein is usually prepared with egg noodles, but you can always use the noodles you like the most.
Every now and then, we crave vegetables and look for meatless days, and vice versa. You can skip chicken or vegetables according to your mood and prepare Lo Mein with lots of vegetables or chicken.
Other than spending hours preparing the perfect Lou Mein Sauce, use Dingolay Hot Sauces to prepare the Lo Mein. Not only it will make your job easier and save you time, but it will also make the regular noodles a hundred times better.
Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauces
Prepared with 100% real Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Peppers, garlic-infused carrots, exclusive spices and herbs, and tropical fruits, Mango and Pineapple, in their specific flavors. Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauces are perfect to pair with any dish. These sauces can marinate chicken, replace regular sauces, and are perfect for serving as a marinade or dip. Their addition to food introduces a variety of sweet, sour, and fiery flavors that regular sauces can never add.
These sauces come in three different flavors, Original Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce, Mango Tropical Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce, and Pineapple Dingolay Gourmet Hot Sauce. Each flavor introduces a taste to the food, that is irreplaceable. So add Dingolay Hot Sauces to your regular-tasting meals and do your taste buds a favor.