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Easy Chinese Lo Mein In 20 Minutes

Chinese Lo Mein
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I dare you to show me someone that does not like Chinese food! The only thing NOT to love about Chinese food is the cost, especially if you have a big family. The ingredients are simple, and with a little effort, you can save a lot of money without sacrificing taste.

A perfect Chinese Lo Mein that rivals the restaurant’s versions come down to the sauce, made with sesame oil, soy sauce, and brown sugar, making this signature dish savory and sweet. Scrap the ready-made take-out and make the BEST Lo Mein at home in less than 20 minutes!

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Pass on expensive Chinese Lo Mein take out

I am tempted to say Lo Mein is my all-time favorite noodle dish, but I’m concerned that I have said this in three…or four of my recipes…LOL!!

If you are looking for a compliment to this Lo Mein, or are just as crazy about authentic chinese as I am, be sure to check out:

Ok, so back to this recipe. Keeping in mind there is a very high noodle competition in the world. From Pad See Ew to Yakisoba, not to mention Singapore noodles. Lo Mein is right up there; not just because it is a noodle but also because it:

  • It is faster to make at the comfort of your home: only 20 minutes of your time from beginning to end.
  • It is very versatile: You can switch veg and add proteins as you want.
  • Has tons of hidden stirred fried vegetables: A generous amount of cabbage, garlic, green onions, and ginger, so it melds right in there with the noodles, so you have no idea how much you are eating.

If you are looking to make a Chinese Food Buffet, then be sure to pair this Chinese Lo Mein with our Easy Fried Rice Recipe! Pass the chopsticks!!


Very simple! The main difference lies in the noodles. While many believe it is the type of noodle, it is actually how the noodles are prepared.   Both noodles are made of wheat with egg making them yellowish; however, the noodle is determined by the intended amount of cooking.

Chow Mein noodles tend to be dry noodle that is thinner, and in the US usually a fried noodle.  Lo Mein noodles, on the other hand are usually parboiled for 5 minutes or so, would be used in a dish that would call for additional stir-frying, like in this Easy Lo Mein recipe. Lo Mein Noodles can on some occasions be purchased fresh and already soft and somewhat oily and wet from the packet.

I highly recommend using a variety from the international aisle of your grocery store. I am not too proud to say that the Ramen noodles or any other instant noodles- works….just not the packet spicing!

Here, these noodles are prepared before flinging with veggies, where the sauce is the show stopper.


  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Green onions 
  • Onion
  • Brown sugar
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Sodium soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Ramen noodles


And here is how to make this nutritious meal. Be smart, do the work, ensure you have all your ingredients ready to toss in because once you begin cooking, you will be serving in just over 10 minutes; I told you it is speedy.

In a large bowl, whisk soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and pepper until combined well and set aside.

Then Cook the noodles as directed by the package instructions and drain well.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the sesame oil until hot

Start adding the vegetables. First, the onions and then the cabbage, cooking until they are tender, which should be about 4 minutes or so

Now add the noodles and the sauce to the vegetables in the skillet. Make sure that the noodles are well coated

Give the dish time to sit to let the flavors absorb onto the noodles. Then serve!


  • For the soy sauce, I use light soy sauce or the ordinary all-purpose soy sauce. If you are allergic to gluten or love using gluten-free products, tamari is a great alternative.
  • Garlic: do not use a garlic presser / jarred garlic or mincer as they burn too quickly. So finely chopped garlic is excellent for this recipe.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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