Definition of chow mein in English:

chow mein

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Pronunciation: /tʃaʊ ˈmeɪn


[mass noun]
A Chinese-style dish of fried noodles with shredded meat or seafood and vegetables.
More example sentences
  • We had pork fried rice, sweet & sour chicken, chicken chow mein with pan fried noodles and an order of broccoli 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 'stir-fried noodles'.

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