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Mushroom and Scallion Lo Mein

Mushroom and Scallion Lo Mein 4.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Nourish Mar 12, 2014

The scallions are an oniony counterpoint to the mushrooms here, and a modest amount of soy sauce and sesame oil give the dish a light Asian taste without drowning the mushroom flavor.

You'll need a large pan for this. If you don't have a big enough pan, cook the mushroom-scallion mixture in two batches.

Total time: 20 min

Make Ahead: The vegetables can be prepped and refrigerated several hours in advance.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 8 ounces dried lo mein noodles (may substitute linguine)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2-ounce piece peeled ginger root, cut crosswise into thin coins, each coin then cut into thin strips
  • 10 ounces scallions, trimmed, cut in half horizontally, then cut lengthwise into thin strips, a few reserved for garnish, if desired
  • 1 pound assorted mushrooms, such as oyster, shiitake, king trumpet, cremini and/or white button, stemmed as needed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, or more to taste


Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, and cook the noodles according to the package directions.

In a large, nonstick braising pan or skillet over medium-high heat, heat the peanut or vegetable oil until it shimmers. Add the ginger and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the scallions and cook, stirring, until they start to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until they are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. If the mushrooms release a lot of liquid, cook until that liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency.

Stir in the sesame oil and the soy sauce. Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Add the drained noodles and toss to combine. Taste, and add sesame oil and/or soy sauce as needed. Garnish with reserved scallions, if using. Serve warm.

Recipe Source

From former Nourish columnist Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

Tested by Stephanie Witt Sedgwick and Becky Krystal.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 341

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 12g 18%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 476mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates: 51g 17%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 11g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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