Lo mein means “tossed noodles.” It’s a traditional Chinese dish of noodles tossed with meat, vegetables and brown sauce. I used to love ordering it whenever we went out for Chinese food. In this plant-based version, shredded jackfruit is the meat and the vegetables are mushrooms, carrots and bok choy, but they are definitely swappable with your favorites. Use any noodles you like. I like thick Chinese noodles like yakisoba, but thin noodles, rice noodles, ramen noodles and even spaghetti all work great. And, you don’t need a wok to make this lo mein. A wide shallow pan works just fine.   Reprinted with permission from The Vegan ABCs Cookbook by Lisa Dawn Angerame, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Alexandra Shytsman

Without-a-Wok Jackfruit Lo Mein [Vegan]

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For the Noodles:

  • 1/2 lb (227 g) uncooked thick Chinese noodles
  • Jackfruit and Vegetables
  • 1 (14-oz [397-g]) can young jackfruit, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 small onion, cut into half-moons
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 6 baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 big or 2 baby bok choy, cut into 1/4-inch (6-mm) pieces

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) tamari
  • 2 tablespoons (36 g) umeboshi paste
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) mellow white miso
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) mirin

To Serve

  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced


  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. To prepare the jackfruit, cut off the hard cores, remove any seeds and seed pods and discard. Shred the rest, leaving some chunkier pieces. Set aside.
  3. Heat a wide shallow pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sunflower oil. When it’s shimmering, add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook until the garlic and ginger are fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the jackfruit and water and use tongs to mix around. Cook with the cover askew, until most of the water is absorbed, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Add the mushrooms. Stir them into the jackfruit and onion mixture and cook, until the mushrooms start to turn golden brown, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the carrots and bok choy. Cook until the bok choy is wilted and bright green, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the noodles and toss everything together.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Add the water, tamari, umeboshi paste, miso and mirin to a small mixing bowl. Break up the miso with a small silicone spatula and whisk the sauce together until completely smooth.
  8. Pour the sauce over the top and use tongs to mix it until everything is fully coated.
  9. Serve topped with scallions.


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