- a Chinese-style dish of steamed or stir-fried vegetables, topped with shredded chicken, shrimp, etc., and served with fried noodles.
Origin of chow mein
1900–05, Americanism; < Chinese chǎo fry + miàn noodles, or < cognate dial. forms
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- a Chinese-American dish, consisting of mushrooms, meat, shrimps, etc, served with fried noodles
from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ao mien fried noodles
Word Origin and History for chow mein
1903, American English, from Chinese ch'ao mien "fried flour."
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