Buttered Lo Mein with Oyster Sauce

Buttered Lo Mein with Oyster Sauce
July 21, 2023 by Wok-ing in Memphis

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s Buttered Lo Mein with Oyster Sauce

In this video, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt shows how to make a simple and delicious dish of buttered lo mein with oyster sauce. The recipe is based on a dish that Lopez-Alt saw from Chinese Cooking Demystified, and it is made with just three ingredients: lo mein noodles, greens, and oyster sauce.

Lopez-Alt starts by cooking the lo mein noodles according to the package directions. As the noodles cook, he adds some greens to the pot for the last 30 seconds of cooking time. Once the noodles and greens are cooked, Lopez-Alt drains them and adds them to a bowl with some butter and oyster sauce. He then stirs the ingredients together until they are well-combined.

The finished dish is a flavorful and satisfying one that is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. The butter and oyster sauce give the lo mein a rich and umami flavor, and the greens add a bit of freshness. The dish is also kid-friendly, making it a great option for families.


  • 1 pound lo mein noodles
  • 1 bunch leafy greens, such as bok choy, spinach, or romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce


  1. Cook the lo mein noodles according to the package directions.
  2. As the noodles cook, add the leafy greens to the pot for the last 30 seconds of cooking time.
  3. Drain the noodles and greens.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the noodles, greens, butter, and oyster sauce.
  5. Stir until well-combined.


  • Use any type of leafy greens that you like.
  • If you don’t have oyster sauce, you can substitute soy sauce or fish sauce.
  • For a richer flavor, use clarified butter instead of regular butter.
  • Serve immediately.


This recipe can be found in the James Beard award winning book The Wok: Recipes and Techniques.

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