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Chow mein is a southern Chinese dish consisting of stir-fried noodles served usually with a thick meat-, vegetable-, or fish-based sauce (in the Pekinese dialect of Chinese chao miàn means ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... mein A Chinese-style dish of fried noodles with shredded meat or shrimps and vegetables. The name represents Chinese chao miàn , ‘fried...

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The Oxford Companion to Food (3 ed.)

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... mein one of a pair of prominent Chinese-American dishes, the other being the somewhat similar chop suey . Mariani ( 1994 ) notes that the term first appeared in print in 1903 . Chow mein is related to and takes its name from chao mian , a Chinese dish consisting of previously boiled noodles stir- fried with meat and vegetables. There is, however, an important difference. In chow mein the noodles are deep fried in bundles, which are crisp and brittle when they emerge; whereas in the Chinese dish the noodles are...

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... mein A southern Chinese dish consisting of stir-fried noodles served usually with a thick meat-, vegetable-, or fish-based sauce (in the Pekinese dialect of Chinese chao miàn means literally ‘fried dough’). Whereas the majority of Chinese culinary terms in English have become established since the Second World War, with the rise of the Chinese restaurant, chow mein belongs to an earlier stratum, introduced via the West Coast of America in the early years of the twentieth century, and institutionalized in the 1920s and 1930s as the archetypal...

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Andrew Coe

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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...touts the wonders of chow mein: “Gee! I like it. You’d think the vermicelli was Saratoga chips [i.e., potato chips] cut into strings.” Chow mein soon became one of the most popular dishes in the wave of Chinese American restaurants opening across the country. The topping for the fried noodles was usually sliced meat sautéed with celery, cabbage, water chesnuts, and other vegetables and then doused with a brownish, cornstarch-thickened sauce. During the 1920s, food manufacturers like La Choy began to sell prefried chow mein noodles in cans for home use....

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A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (4 ed.)

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2014

... mein Chinese ; dishes based on fried...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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... mein . A Chinese-style dish of fried noodles with shredded meat or shrimps and vegetables. The name represents Chinese chao miàn , ‘fried...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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... mein noun phrase L19 Chinese ( chāo miān fried noodles). A Chinese dish of fried noodles usually in a sauce with shredded meat and...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... mein • abstain , appertain, arcane, arraign, ascertain, attain, Bahrain, bane, blain, brain, Braine, Cain, Caine, campaign, cane, cinquain, chain, champagne, champaign, Champlain, Charmaine, chicane, chow mein, cocaine, Coleraine, Coltrane, complain, constrain, contain, crane, Dane, deign, demesne, demi-mondaine, detain, disdain, domain, domaine, drain, Duane, Dwane, Elaine, entertain, entrain, explain, fain, fane, feign, gain, Germaine, germane, grain, humane, Hussein, inane, Jain, Jane, Jermaine, Kane, La Fontaine, lain, lane, legerdemain, Lorraine,...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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chow mein parlor

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... mein parlor n. [standard Chinese dish chow mein ] ( US ) a Chinese restaurant. 1978 S. Longstreet Straw Boss ( 1979 ) 378: In a democratic organization we don't ask if they […] ever shook down a chow mein...

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Chow mein is a southern Chinese dish consisting of stir-fried noodles served usually with a thick meat-, vegetable-, or fish-based sauce (in the Pekinese dialect of Chinese chao miàn means literally ...
Egg Rolls

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Andrew Coe

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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...chow mein, egg foo young, and the other vanishing Chinese American specialties. They are still sold in the vast majority of Chinese restaurants and appear in the freezer cases of stores like Costco. They have also become a blank canvas for American cooks who like to play with their food, creating chicken and banana egg rolls, Southwestern egg rolls, Mexican egg rolls, Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, s’mores egg rolls, and so on. As long as it is wrapped and deep fried, it is still an egg roll. [ See also Chinese Food: Restaurant Food ; Chop Suey ; Chow Mein ;...

Chop Suey Joints

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Andrew Coe

Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City

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...food. Seeing their chance, Chinese restaurateurs began opening the first eateries outside of Chinatown. Called “chop sueys” or “chop suey joints,” these restaurants focused on a limited menu of dishes whose recipes had been tailored to non-Chinese tastes: chop suey, chow mein, and yat gaw mein (a noodle soup often topped with shredded chicken). For less adventurous eaters, they also offered ham sandwiches, tomato soup, and other American dishes. Within a few years, the city was home to over one hundred chop sueys, ranging from small side-street joints to...

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Andrew F. Smith

Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City

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2016

...sandwiches. The following year, Reuben moved to 6 East Fifty-Eighth Street, where he expanded the business, now called “Reuben’s Restaurant and Delicatessen.” Along with sandwiches, the menu featured duck, red cabbage, apple pancakes, chopped liver, matzo-ball soup, borscht, chow mein, and cheesecake. (Reuben said that he devised the cheesecake recipe in 1928 , using Breakstone’s cream cheese while others were still using cottage cheese; he claimed that it was the first New York–style cheesecake.) See cheesecake and delicatessens . Reuben’s restaurant...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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...spellings. Ginseng [M17th] arrived via Latin and French from Hokkien Chinese jîn-sim and Mandarin rénshēn meaning ‘man-root’ from the leg-like forked root. Other foods that have become popular in the West include dim sum [M20] from words meaning ‘dot’ and ‘heart’; chow mein [L19th] from chăo miàn ‘stir-fried noodles’; kumquat [L17th] from kam kwat ‘little orange’; lychee [L16th] from its Chinese name lìzhī ; and tofu [L19th] which came, via Japanese, from Chinese dòufu ‘fermented beans’. Gung-ho dates from the Second World War. It is...

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