I was really excited to try this One Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein recipe from The Wholesome Dish. I’m going to start this off by saying that this is a good recipe. I would make it again. I’ll eat the leftovers. The kid loved it.
That said, this was not lo mein. This could barely be classified as ethnic food. It tasted like chicken soup with a very slight Chinese flavor, probably due to the bok choy I added to the recipe.
I don’t tolerate soy well, so I didn’t use very much soy sauce, maybe two teaspoons. I subbed in coconut aminos and a splash of duck and fish sauce and a bit of sesame oil. Nothing can replicate soy sauce, so I knew going in that this wouldn’t taste as authentic as restaurant lo mein, but I expected a bit less “chicken soup” flavor. I would recommend using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. I did not add crushed red pepper because it irritates my mouth, so I used black pepper instead.
- Took a long time to chop up the chicken and vegetables. I used carrots, broccoli, and bok choy. I also added in a can of water chestnuts. The prep time was easily 30 minutes.
- It took about 30 minutes to cook, not 15.
- Needed a lot of stirring and food still stuck to the bottom of my pot.
- This was still a flavorful dish. There was a lot leftover, which is a bonus as I can freeze some for meals later and take some for lunch tomorrow.
- Overall, it didn’t cost much to make. I don’t know the exact amount, but definitely cheaper than if we’d went out for Chinese.
I don’t know if I altered the recipe too much from the original and that’s why my results were so off. The reviews of the recipe were predominately positive, so I don’t want to deter anyone from making it, just understand that it’s not quick and it’s not “lo mein.” Have you made anything like this? How did yours come out?