For most they won’t care what is the difference between Lo Mein and Chow Mein as they almost look the same, almost taste the same and are both noodles dishes so why bother? For me, I love dissecting into these kinds of topics, determine the roots and find out what are the differences so I know how to prepare them at home.
How about you do you care? or do you know the difference? If not, this is what I know. While both Lo Mein and Chow Mein are Chinese Noodle dish the similarity ends there as the preparation is so much different it affects the end result. Chow Mein being the most popular one is always made with noodles that are cooked and then fried (traditionally) or stir fried (lazy version) before other vegetables and meats are added to the noodles. Lo Mein on the other hand is prepared by adding noodles to the stir-fried vegetables and meat near the end of the cooking process. In short Lo Mein means “tossed noodles” while Chow Mein means “fried noodles.”
Today where here to cook Lo Mein and this is how I do it.