Lo Mein Recipes

Last Thursday ( May 9th, 2024 ), I talked with my father about his first hole-in-one, which he had gotten that day after playing golf for 78 years since he was seven.

He’s 85 now.

At the end of the conversation, he mentioned wanting to know how to make Lo Mein sauce to save money from buying the dish instead of making it himself. He asked if I found out or knew how to tell him. 

Research of How to Make Lo Mein

So that Friday night, I started searching on YouTube for people I follow who have made Lo Mein.

I ended up with seven or eight videos to watch and one or two more recommended by the other videos. I made sure to take notes to send to him, which is what most of this blog post is from.

In the process, I learned the big difference between Lo Mein (saucy) and Chow Mein (drier and crispy noodles).

In the e-mail I sent him were notes to the e-mail that he should watch all the videos and take notes to see what he liked about one version and the next.

Here are are those YouTube videos on how to make Lo Mein and Chow Mein, which are similar, but Lo Mein is saucier than Chow Mein.

NOTE – The recipes are tend to be in the video description, or you might need to open them on their website.

Notes about the Videos/Recipes that Follow

  • There might be some upfront costs to purchase some of the sauces, oil, vinegar, etc., but you should have them for a while. You can likely pick these up at places like Wegmans or your typical grocery store nowadays, but you could find them cheaper at an Asian grocery store.
  • The Asian-style noodles they recommend have more chew for most of them than spaghetti noodles.
  • There are two sauces most of them use besides soy sauce: Oyster sauce and/or Hoisin sauce.
  • Watch all of the videos to see what each one offers and to get an idea of what you might want to do or tweak the recipes, which are primarily in grams.


  • Some of the videos might be geared toward an audience of 20- and 30-year-olds, but not all.
  • The humor, sound effects, and music might be loud but not too bad.


The Cheapest Noodle Dish Ever (Chicken Chow Mein) | But Cheaper – Joshua Weissman (6:32)


Do me a FLAVOUR and try this tasty Lo Mein Noodles recipe – Yeung Man Cooking (8:36)

REMINDER – He’s a vegan cook, but you can substitute whatever you want.

Classic Takeout Lo Mein In 15 Minutes! – Aaron and Clare (10:35)

J. Kenji López-Alt

Cantonese Soy Sauce Chow Mein (Easy Pan-Fried Noodles) – Kenji’s Cooking Show (16:39)

Vegetable Lo Mein – Kenji’s Cooking Show (18:17)


  • He shoots his videos with a GoPro camera on his head.
  • In case you’re wondering why the kitchens differ, he moved from the second videos house to the first one.

How to Make Lo Mein with Jet Tila | Ready Jet Cook With Jet Tila | Food Network -Jet Tila (11:35)


  • Kenji takes a bit more time to explain how to prepare the vegetables, etc., so you can prepare them more easily than the others.

The Woks of Life

How to Cook Lo Mein Noodles (Raw vs. Pre-cooked Lo Mein Noodles) – The Woks of Life (11:53)

REMINDER – This video explains the difference and how to cook lo mein noodles. I found it very useful.

Chow Mein – Setting the record straight! – The Woks of Life (12:01)


NOTE – He takes a bit more time to explain the difference between fresh and dry noodles and how to prepare Chow Mein noodles, which are drier and crispier.

Further ARTICLES – The Woks of Life


Hope this was helpful and if you have any other foods You need to know more about maybe I can help figure it out for you or with you.