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Vegetable Lo Mein

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  • Author: Chef Lisa
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stir fried
  • Cuisine: Asian


A classic Chinese noodle dish chock full of vegetables. This vegetarian dish will please even the pickiest carnivore.



For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon five spice powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the lo mein:

  • 16 ounces round Chinese egg noodles, fresh or dried (or thin spaghetti noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned into matchstick sized pieces
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and sliced into thin slices
  • 3 ounces Napa cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 ounces bean sprouts, (about 2/3 cup)
  • 5 green onions, white and green parts cut into matchstick lengths
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl combine the sauce ingredients, stir well and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the noodles and cook as directed to al dente so the noodles are still firm.
  3. Drain and rinse with cold water. Shake to remove any water. Return noodles to pot and drizzle with sesame oil and stir gently until the noodles are coated, set aside.
  4. Heat wok over high heat. Add the vegetable oil and swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the wok.
  5. Add the ginger and stir-fry until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the garlic and stir-fry for another 20 seconds being careful that the garlic doesn’t burn. 
  6. Add the mushrooms, carrots, onion and Napa cabbage and cook until they are softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add the reserved cooked noodles, green onions and bean sprouts and stir to combine the vegetables with the noodles.
  8. Stir the prepared sauce to recombine and add the sauce mixture to the wok. Stir fry for 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and coated all the noodles and vegetables.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve warm.


Fresh Chinese egg noodles are the classic noodle used in Lo Mein, you can purchase then in the refrigerated section of your local Asian Market. You an substitute dried round thin Chinese egg noodles or even thin spaghetti noodles instead. Make sure all your ingredients are prepped and ready to add before you begin stir frying. Your wok is hot enough when a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact.