Ramen Lo Mein with Five-Spice
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Ramen Lo Mein with Five-Spice

Rotisserie chicken and alllll the spices make ramen even better.



  • 1 cup bone broth, vegetable stock, or chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce

  • 1 piece (1 1/2 inches) peeled fresh ginger, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

  • 1 to 2 tsp. chili-garlic sauce or other hot sauce


  • 3 tbsp. neutral oil, such as safflower, canola, or peanut oil

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 lb. pulled rotisserie chicken (from 1 chicken) or 1 lb. medium shrimp or tofu

  • 1 ½ tsp. Chinese five-spice powder

  • 2 tbsp. mirin or dry sherry

  • 1 cup stemmed, sliced white mushrooms

  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and quartered, then thinly sliced

  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks

  • 8 oz. ramen (I discard the flavor packets and just use the noodle bricks) or 10 oz. Chinese egg noodles

  • 2 handfuls bean sprouts

  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  • Step 1

    For the sauce, in a small saucepan, bring all of the ingredients to a low bubble over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce thickens a bit, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the noodles.

  • Step 3

    In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil, one turn of the pan, over medium. Add the eggs. Cook, stirring with a spatula, until lightly brown and scrambled, about 1 minute. Transfer the eggs to a plate.

  • Step 4

    Add another 1 tbsp. oil, one turn of the pan, to the skillet. Add the chicken, sprinkle with the five-spice powder, and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add the mirin and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Transfer the chicken to another plate. Add the remaining 1 tbsp. oil, one turn of the pan, to the skillet. Add the mushrooms, pepper, and carrot. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables soften, about 2 minutes. 

  • Step 5

    Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook just until tender, 2 to 3 minutes; drain.

  • Step 6

    Add the sprouts and scallions to the skillet with the vegetables. Add the noodles, egg, chicken, and sauce; toss to coat. Serve the lo mein from the pan topped with the sesame seeds, if using.

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