In American Chinese restaurants, lo mein is a popular take-out food and is sometimes considered synonymous with chow mein. The dish is distinct from both Cantonese lo mein and Cantonese crispy chow mein. Cantonese lo mein is stirred with a thin sauce and … Chow mein (/ ˈ tʃ aʊ ˈ m eɪ n / and / ˈ tʃ aʊ ˈ m iː n /, simplified Chinese: 炒面; traditional Chinese: 炒麵; Pinyin: chǎomiàn) are Chinese stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat or tofu; the name is a romanization of the Taishanese chāu-mèn.The dish is popular throughout the Chinese diaspora and appears on the menus of most Chinese restaurants abroad.