Trying to figure out how to reheat lo mein properly?
This short guide will show you the two best options available to get this popular Chinese food steaming hot.
Ok, with that out of the way, let’s get started.
How to Reheat Lo Mein Properly? Step-by-Step Guide
If you went out last night and had leftover lo mein noodles, you would know that the generous portions were too much to have one time.
The good thing with leftovers is that you can always reheat them the next day for lunch or a 2nd dinner.
When it comes to reheating lo mein noodles, you will often find that people will either go to warm up the dish in the microwave (the quickest) or a wok/sauté pan.
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Using the Microwave to Reheat Lo Mein Noodles
The microwave is the quickest method available when it comes to reheating this popular Chinese food. Depending on the amount of noodles that you have, it should take you under 5 minutes to get everything heated up properly.
Step 1: Get a Microwave Safe Bowl
Get a bowl or dish that is microwave safe and place the lo mein noodles in it.
Step 2: Cover Before Microwaving
Cover the bowl/dish before you begin to microwave. If the cover is not available, use a damp paper towel/kitchen towel.
Step 3: Microwave
Microwave your lo mein for 3-5 minutes (depends on how much you have) or until it is steaming hot.
You should also stop the microwave at 1 minute intervals to stir around the noodles. This ensures that it is evenly heated and you do not end up with patches that are cold.
Step 4: Stop When Steaming Hot
Once your lo mein is piping hot, take out, let it cool for a couple minutes and then enjoy.
Using the Wok or Sauté Pan to Reheat Lo Mein
Using a wok or sauté pan is another quick option that can get your noodles heated up and steaming hot in no time. The only downside is a lot of people do not own a wok, but a non-stick pan will work out fine.
Step 1: Preheat Pan and Add Some Oil
Place the pan on a medium to high heat. Add some oil to the pan, the amount you need is dependent on how much lo mein you have. Generally, you could end up using anywhere from ½-1 tablespoon of oil.
Step 2: Stir Fry the Lo Mein Noodles
Once the oil is heated up, place the lo mein in the wok/pan and stir fry for a couple of minutes until the noodles are reheated.
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Wrapping it up
As you can see, when it comes to reheating Chinese lo mein noodles, it is a quick and easy process.
Most people will use the microwave as it is quick and efficient, however a wok or sauté pan will make quick work in getting your leftovers reheated and steaming hot.