For a super quick and delicious dinner on busy weeknights, this Pork and Vegetable Lo Mein recipe is a must-try. Nothing beats a one-dish meal that also works great when doubled for meal prep.
I love a dinner that’s easy enough to throw together even when I don’t feel like cooking! It often seems like the moment you most want to sit down and put your feet up at the end of the day is when it’s time to get in the kitchen and make all your hungry family members some food.
This super quick and easy Pork & Vegetable Lo Mein recipe not only doesn’t take long, but it’s also easy to double (and good) for leftovers! So skip your favorite Chinese restaurant this week and make this easy recipe instead.
What Is Lo Mein?
Lo Mein is a Chinese dish consisting of sliced vegetables, noodles, and a protein (such as meat or shrimp) all tossed together in a savory sauce to create a super easy one-dish meal. There are a lot of variations, and I hope your family enjoys this one as much as mine does!
Lo Mein vs Chow Mein
Many people tend to confuse the two because they look very much alike, but the main difference comes down to the way the noodles are prepared. Chow mein noodles are cooked during the stir fry process while lo mein noodles are cooked first and lightly mixed and tossed with other ingredients.
What to Add to Your Lo Mein
The beauty of this dish is that it works great when you’re cleaning out your fridge and need to use up the last of your fresh vegetables. While more traditional recipes call for ingredients such as bok choy, snow peas, bamboo shoots, and sesame seeds, you can create a simple, yet delicious variation using whatever you have on hand. You can also experiment with different proteins, like ground beef or sliced pork tenderloin.
How to Make Pork and Vegetable Lo Mein
It really doesn’t get any easier than this noodle dish for a Chinese Takeout substitute, especially on a busy weeknight. And you can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store instead of tracking down an Asian market or specialty store.
- Cook noodles according to the package directions and set aside with 1/2 cup of noodle water.
- Heat the sesame oil and then add the ground pork for about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
- Make the sauce mixture by pushing the meat to the side and whisking in the reserved water, soy sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, and honey.
- Toss in the noodles and slaw, mix together, then garnish with choopped peanuts and green onions.
Pork and Veggie Lo Mein Ingredients
- Brown Rice Noodles – You can use either lo mein noodles or ramen for this recipe depending on what you can find or prefer.
- Toasted sesame oil – For a more authentic flavor, we use this to cook the pork instead of olive oil.
- Ground pork – We recommend local, humanely raised meat or Butcher Box.
- Garlic cloves – Peeled and minced, giving this dish a delicious savory flavor.
- Fresh ginger – Peeled and minced. Another must-have ingredient for flavor.
- Red pepper flakes – You can add more if you like a little more kick.
- Soy sauce – This will be the base for your sauce, we recommend low-sodium soy sauce.
- Peanut butter – Used to create a smooth and creamy sauce.
- Lime juice – We recommend fresh if possible.
- Honey – We use honey to sweeten up the sauce, but feel free to use maple syrup, too.
- Coleslaw – You can also cut purple cabbage into thin strips.
- Roasted peanuts – Chopped to add a nice crunch.
- Green onions – Chopped and used for garnish.
Other Asian Inspired Recipes
The main formula to remember is thinly sliced veggies + chopped/ground protein + noodles for any lo mein recipe. Don’t order Chinese takeout, make this easy Pork Lo Mein recipe at home instead!
Easy Pork and Vegetable Lo Mein Recipe ⋆ 100 Days of Real Food is written by Lisa Leake for www.100daysofrealfood.com