A long time ago, in a shopping cart far, far away began My Adventure with the Shrimp Lo Mein Noodles Recipe. The clerk scanning my groceries asked if I had found everything I was looking for. "No," I replied, "I couldn't find lo mein noodles." The hunt was on.
I'm going to skip to the end of this sad tale now and just tell you that lo mein is not a type of noodle but a way of preparing the noodles— soft noodles with stir-fried vegetables and meat or shrimp in a tantalizing sauce.
In Chinese, mein means "noodles." Lo mein is "stirred" or "tossed" noodles, as opposed to chow mein which is "fried noodles." So, you may have deduced by now that saying lo mein noodles is the same as saying "stirred noodles noodles". And yet, sigh, I did it anyway, for old time's sake and for all the others unknowingly scouring the internet for a Stirred Noodles Noodles recipe. Welcome to the club.
There are three simple parts to this recipe: the noodles, the sauce, and the stir-fry, lo together.
1 pound thin Chinese egg noodles (or linguini,
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces medium peeled and deveined shrimp
2 tablespoons dry sherry
6 green onions or 1 cup Chinese/garlic chives, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
3 cups fresh bean sprouts
The Noodles: Cook the noodles in boiling, salted water just until tender, not mushy. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Drizzle sesame oil over the noodles and toss to coat well.
The Sauce: In a small bowl combine the sauce ingredients: oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.
The Stir-Fry: In a wok or large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add the green and yellow onions and continue stir-frying until tender-crisp. Add the sherry, shrimp and bean sprouts, stirring until the shrimp starts to turn pink and the sprouts are wilting, a minute or so.
Now toss the noodles and the sauce together with the stir-fry. Heat through, stirring, and serve. The Shrimp Lo Mein recipe serves 6.