Definition of chow mein in English:

chow mein


  • A Chinese-style dish of fried noodles with shredded meat or seafood and vegetables.

    • ‘This was one of several ‘normal’ Chinese meals on the menu, along with other old favourites such as chow mein and black bean and garlic.’
    • ‘It's what leads people to think that Indian food is just curried vegetables and meats, that Chinese food is little more than chow mein and fried rice and Japanese eat only raw fish wrapped in seaweed.’
    • ‘At Lord's on a big match day a food village offers fish and chips, sandwiches, curries, chow mein, pizza - you name it.’
    • ‘Nicola, being hypoglycaemic and anaemic, will only eat 10 foods (chicken chow mein is one of them).’
    • ‘For our main course we both plumped for the Jaipur Spice Special, which - strange as this may seem - is a sort of Indian equivalent of the Chinese house special chow mein.’
    • ‘Hey, could you pass me some more of that chow mein please?’
    • ‘For those without a sweet tooth for main dishes, there are other selections, such as the Cantonese chow mein with shrimp, for example.’
    • ‘I got myself some chow mein and rice and went back down stairs.’
    • ‘He never reeks of garlic and prefers chicken chow mein to spaghetti.’
    • ‘I had spicy shrimp with chicken, fried rice, chow mein, and spicy beans.’
    • ‘My beef with peppers and black beans looked fairly authentic and I chose chow mein to go with it.’
    • ‘They serve the sort of good quality Chinese food that you only get outside China, with fresh local scallops, some of the finest chicken chow mein, and traditional British-style sweet and sour pork.’
    • ‘Although these do represent some of the basic foods of Mexico - in name only - they have been brought down to their lowest common denominator north of the border, on a par with the chop suey and chow mein of Chinese restaurants 20 years ago.’
    • ‘We had pork fried rice, sweet & sour chicken, chicken chow mein with pan fried noodles and an order of broccoli beef.’
    • ‘From Russian fare to Chinese chow mein, there's a taste for every palate.’
    • ‘Some people even like having spaghetti, chow mein, sushi, and hot dogs available on the same street.’
    • ‘Whether pizza or chow mein, cabbage rolls or plum pudding, Canadian cuisine is best characterized as eclectic rather than consistent in content.’
    • ‘In the Chinatown area, you can get sweet syrupy spareribs, two kinds of rice, pineapple chicken balls and ‘classics’ like chow mein, chop suey and macaroni with beef.’
    • ‘I had beef chow mein and she had something vegetarian, but I don't remember what it was called.’
    • ‘The Cantonese chow mein was one of the better choices, obviously freshly tossed together.’


Late 19th century: from Chinese chǎo miàn fried noodles.


chow mein

/ˌCHou ˈmān/