You Should Never Order Lo Mein At A Chinese Restaurant. Here’s Why

You Should Never Order Lo Mein At A Chinese Restaurant. Here’s Why


Lo mein may be the perfect Chinese comfort
food, slightly sweet, a little bit sticky, not too spicy, but oh-so-satisfying. If you can’t eat a whole plateful in one sitting,
the leftovers seem to taste even better the next day, even if you eat them straight from
the carton and cold from the fridge. Still, as tempting as lo mein may be, it’s
really not something you should order from a Chinese restaurant. For one thing, lo mein in most American restaurants
isn’t even remotely authentic. Unlike the totally-American General Tso’s
chicken, lo mein can easily be found in China, but the Chinese version is quite different
from the one Americans are familiar with. “Lo mein” actually means “stirred noodles”
and refers to a method of preparation rather than a specific dish. According to My Great Recipes, the Chinese
method involves stirring noodles into a soup broth just before it finishes cooking, so
the noodles become soft and absorb the flavor of the broth and its seasonings. ChowHound further explains the differences
between lo mein as it might be served in Boston versus Beijing. In the U.S., lo mein noodles are tossed in
a hot wok with a thick brown sauce. Chinese lo mein noodles are also stir-fried
in a wok, but the sauce is lighter and thinner, perhaps made with soy and rice vinegar with
just a tiny bit of thickener. Despite these differences, we realize most
people won’t pass on lo mein just because it’s not entirely authentic. “I gotta have a lo mein.” However, most people should pass on lo mein
because it’s so unhealthy. Lo mein is basically a heaping helping of
carbs and a whole lot of oil. If you order it from P.F. Chang’s, even the veggie version has 630 calories,
10 grams of fat, and 114 grams of carbs. By adding pork, your meal will hit 920 calories
and 32 grams of fat. Also, if you’re watching your sodium intake,
you might want to look away from lo mein, soy sauce boosts the sodium content to 3,540
milligrams for the veggie dish, and a whopping 4,170 for the shrimp version. “Mmmm, salty.” The sugar content isn’t looking good, either,
20 grams for each type of lo mein except veggie, which tops out at 23 grams. If you’re wondering how this compares to the
recommended daily values based on 2,000 calories per day, pork lo mein will deliver nearly
half of your daily allowed 78 fat grams, and all the lo mein entrees offered will give
you more than one-third of your 275 grams of carbs. You’ll be nearly halfway to your permitted
50 grams of sugar, but way over the top on sodium, since you should really only be consuming,
at most, 2,300 milligrams a day. Lo mein also isn’t the best choice when it
comes to your budget. CheatSheet lists lo mein as one of the top
Chinese restaurant menu items that are a waste of money. At most places, the dish consists primarily
of noodles, which is one of the cheapest items in a restaurant’s kitchen. What’s more, they can be bulked up with inexpensive
veggies such as cabbage, while you’ll find fewer pieces of more expensive proteins, like
shrimp or beef. It’s a simple way for restaurants to skimp
on serving anything that’s actually going to cost them too much money. Plus, they can get rid of any veggies they
may have overstocked. It’s a nice arrangement for restaurant owners,
but you won’t be getting the best meal for your money. “Well, that place was a rip-off.” If you want to enjoy a healthier version of
lo mein for a lot less cash than it will cost you in a restaurant, it’s actually a really
simple dish to make at home. If you don’t have any Chinese egg noodles,
Epicurious points out that you can easily use any type of round noodle instead. Also, you won’t need any complicated ingredients
for the sauce. You should be able to find everything at your
local grocery store. Then just add veggies and, if you like, some
pork or other meat for the protein. Even the wok is optional, as chef Jet Tila
points out, almost any large pan will do. “A simple pan with high sides that gets hot
is totally fine.” It will take about 15 or 20 minutes from the
time you start boiling the water to cook the noodles to the time dinner is done. Plus, it will be healthier and much cheaper
than if you ordered it in a restaurant. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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93 Comments
  1. hell razor 90

    I'm actually eating shrimp lo mein right now

  2. Hole in Dans Sock

    what?
    Never?
    TBH this seems like your first possible racist video. Or some other weird motive…..

  3. Frank Moran

    Eff off 🤦‍♂️

  4. Vaithy M

    Hey mashed
    Have a happy weekend 😃

  5. Richard Johnson

    I’m still gonna order it at a restaurant. You didn’t convince me. I may try cooking it at home though.

  6. Paige Marshall

    Won’t stop me.

  7. itZzLegendzZ 125

    I got a coronavirus ad before this video

  8. A Dark Future

    I mean you shouldent really order anything from an American chinese restaurants.

  9. perdedoronline

    I thought they were say something gross about Lo Mein. Disappointing.

  10. Rawrious819

    The process I go through with Mashed's videos is that once I hear the words "unhealthy" or "not good for you" I click off the video and watch something else while eating food lol

  11. Kenny Roberts

    Lo mein means boiled noodles

  12. NismoFury

    No worse than McDonald's or many American food. Its American not Chinese. Chinese never heard of the American Chinese dishes.

  13. Idikis Sin

    Reason 1. Don't care that American Chinese food isn't authentic. Reason 2. Here for a good time not a long time. Reason 3. 3 big servings from my local spot costs 8 dollars. I def don't agree with these points

  14. MissesNYC

    Sooo i should order Lo Mein from a thai or Japanese restaurant but never chinese.. gotcha. Better yet only get your lo mein from a mexican spot!

  15. Vivian Ju

    Basically it’s way different from authentic Chinese lo mein because lo mein in China just means it is stirred noodles

  16. Smarty McFly

    Too late. The munchies just hit 🤤

  17. Zedexization

    lo mien is just fried rice but with noodles. the whole point is just to toss anything (usually leftovers) you have in your fridge just to fill your stomach.

  18. Number Two

    Lo Mein tastes too good for me to stop ordering it from restaurants.

  19. Hanna5859

    So everything is unhealthy, fattening, and loaded with salt and sugar. Starve to death.

  20. Sailor Mercury

    Wow i didn't know General TSO Chicken was american made. Thats like my favorite item from my local Chinese resturants.

  21. Eternalsleep

    All this video did was inspire me to go buy some lo mein. If the only thing unauthentic about it here in America is the thicker sauce then I don’t give a damn. Also 🤷🏾‍♂️What restaurant doesn’t overprice their food when compared to the cost of materials

  22. GjS ThreeFourSevinOneOne

    Such a Debbie Downer. Go eat your meatless burger and don't pontificate. Stick with recipes and food distribution topics.

  23. PAKTRA PRODUCTIONS

    Good someone with common sense is reading the comments.

  24. DubGz

    I thought she meant chow mein. I was about to say no lady I'm still going to eat it . And now I wanna try lo mein.

  25. Paul Burns

    I dont go to my local chinese spot for clean living, its a cheat day staple!!!!!

  26. chiyerano

    This just encourages me to make more lo mein at home which I was planning to do anyway.

  27. Comment Highlighted

    Nonsense, I love Lo Mein noodles and will continue ordering it 🙂

  28. 101 Life

    It is ALL BAD ! You think Chinese food is healthy? You're deceiving yourself.

  29. Hang Lee

    This is totally dumb.

  30. Kamala2111

    Blah blah blah 😕

  31. Robert Morin

    American Lo Mein is just spaghetti at best, and certainly NOT the same noodle that's made back in China to be sure.

  32. Tayana

    If this women got sued, I would definitely help her

  33. 5im5onic

    Had to dislike before even watching for that title. I'm triggered.

  34. Bealdozer

    I just ordered beef lomein thanks mashed 😢

  35. Ajay G

    What a stupid video.

  36. David J

    It's not a comparison if you don't include the original's numbers.

  37. white rabbit 1968

    I love lo mein!!! 😍😍😍😍

  38. Black Dog

    These pretzels are making me thirsty!

  39. MsRose00

    Great, now I want lo mein!

  40. DrMite

    if people like it, let them eat it XD

  41. Jonathan Harrell

    Had to give it another dislike.. just make it home get the noodles from your local Chinese store

  42. Gabriel Cisneros

    I rather die having a good life eating what i want instead being a picky person for my whole lige

  43. SoberRS

    it tastes good though

  44. Eric Schmit

    If it were healthy, it wouldn't taste good.

  45. Marvel Bound

    Who goes to fast food restaurants for authenticity

  46. 5610winston

    I like it. Calling Canton Buddha!

  47. Judge23

    Let promo my shxt which is absolutely authentic. Meshed you can do it and done it right.

  48. ThatPunkIsaac

    Hearing all these numbers but I’m so STILL ordering lo-mein tonight thanks guys!

  49. True Woman American

    So idc I still order it tastes so good and so salty and so yummy lol

  50. Steve Silvas

    THAT'S WHY I GO TO CHINESE BUFFETS & RESTAURANTS!
    You Ruined My Day!…THANKS ALOT!..😬😰

  51. matty -

    Will never eat a Chinese again don't want to run the risk of contracting the Coronavirus…chinese seem to think it's alright to eat anything that walks

  52. Astrid S

    Who’s counting calories? Not me

  53. Yolanda IsYolanda

    Every thing good to you is bad for you.
    Who the hell wants to live forever anyway?
    Screw it I'm live hard, fun and fast.

  54. TruBlacKing 85

    FYI everything American makes is not authentic come on out pizza in Italy is made different than it is in here in America and keep going

  55. Constant Chaos

    Imma do it anyway

  56. mike Williams

    Mashed will make purified water cancerous

  57. Ojama Black

    But it’s good though😋😋😋😋

  58. caridehome

    Who cares

  59. Nerd in Disguise

    Of course it is a leftover, but hey it is better than having food waste
    Actually… it is creative way to minimize food waste with amazing taste

  60. Happy Hour Girl Kola

    Every video you say all the food seems to be unhealthy lol 🤦‍♀️

  61. Florence Young

    Mmmm! That lo mein looks so good! Makes me want to go get some!

  62. FANNYLEROUX

    The word is specific, not Pacific, that's an ocean.

  63. John Boyd

    I'm sick of all the restaurant or food reviews attacking the "authenticity" of a dish. If someone likes it, and is fine with ordering it and paying for it, does it ####### matter if it's "authentic?" I think not. Since China, like America, has regions, and "grandma's versions" of any recipe, who can say which, if any, are "authentic?" They may all be considered authentic depending on where, and of whom, you ask the question. What's "authentic" in one region may be considered inauthentic in another. Bottom line; if you like it; don't worry about it. Eat it and enjoy. Screw "authenticity."

  64. Tony De

    I would eat it because it reminds me of filipino pancit, but with bigger noodles.

  65. Bo Zo

    These Mashed people are idiots. Food is not poison. If you like it, just eat it. Moderation is the key.

  66. Gaming, music and jokes! *and a bit of cooking*

    What do you call a Chinese restaurant with bad food? Lo meintable. (as in lamentable).

  67. Carl Brutananadilewski

    Please fire this female. Her voice is cancer.

  68. Salvatore Climenti

    Lo mein is unhealthy???!!! OMG Breaking news: water is wet

  69. N.W.O

    *casually eating lo mein while watching the video

  70. thumbtak

    You are not saying Lo Main right. Most English speaking people get it wrong.

  71. lauren jenkins

    Ill never eat at another Chinese spot after a horrid video I saw of what they do to your food behind the scenes 🤢

  72. Angela Sieg

    I make it at home with whatever veg I have and usually leftover pork tenderloin and wholegrain noodles but the closest Chinese restaurant is 25 miles away

  73. Lizard B

    Googling nutritional value of lo mein gives more value than this video. This video is as useless as this channel.

  74. Xav Man

    Mashed at this point, everything is bad besides water.

  75. milk_n_honey

    You’ve definitely convinced me..honestly shouldve learned this a long time ago. Definitely gonna try making this at home <3

  76. Gregg Sinini

    Low Mein, My all time favorite Chinese food ever since I was a kid many, many years ago! My mother would even sneak it into the hospital for me after she got off from work! The pork is my favorite, but with beef, chicken or shrimp will do just fine too!! I have high blood pressure nowadays, had cancer, had my Gall Bladder recently removed, have stents in my bile and pancreatic ducts, but that will never stop me from ordering my Roast Pork Low Mein, and I love to have it with the steamed white rice and the special hot mustard you have to ask for!! Talk about two starches.

  77. Teresa Manley

    so what? I love lo mein and will continue to enjoy it from now on…..I don't care about all that naysaying you're doing!  if you don't want to eat it, that's entirely up to you!

  78. Michael Li

    Tbh this makes me want to go get some LOL

  79. klem Shor

    So are you saying don't eat pasta.

  80. Ben Vo

    Lo mien is delicious l order it all the time

  81. Comrade Doggo

    Chinese Lo Mein main ingredient is Coronavirus.

  82. ItsVicky XO

    What about mc Donald's and KFC? Totally healthy….and saltless….

  83. Trudi Dolder

    if I splurge on these noodles a couple of times a year I will enjoy them and I will no worry about their identity or their ingredients…..

  84. Blogger Gone Wild

    WHO “EFFING” CARES

  85. Jessica Foster

    At a buffet, if you want the most bang for your buck, avoid noodles, rice, and vegetables.

  86. Dee Snutts

    K I’ll order it at a Mexican place lol

  87. YoungCrs

    Sticking to be burgers, nachos and pizza

    Thanks for the advice!

  88. Frank L

    But what if they sell it for the lo, mein?

  89. bill will

    Facts, what is called or known in USA as Chinese " LO MIEN" is actually known or called as Chinese "fried noodles ".

    Original Chinese "LO MIEN " is always cooked and served in a broth.

  90. Shurod Daniels

    Yeah, dog out Lo Mein, but Americans swallow Big Macs like tic tacs!!!

  91. William Grayson

    If Michael Bloomberg sees this YouTube show he's going to ban Chinese food all over the country when he becomes president if he becomes president

  92. SouthernBelleVlogs

    I eat this like once every 6 months. Everything in moderation y’all.

  93. William Tietgens

    Voice is annoying. Imagine having to work with someone who had this voice all day

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