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Entry from February 07, 2021
“Lo mein is just Chinese spaghetti”

Lo mein is often compared to spaghetti.

“Lo Mein is Chinese spaghetti” was posted on Twitter by The Howell Report on March 5, 2009. “in my opinion, lo mein is chinese spaghetti. idc what y’all say” was posted on Twitter by $harondaaaaaaa on February 5, 2011. “lo mein is just chinese spaghetti” was posted on Twitter by Cole Martin on November 10, 2012. “Lo mein is really just chinese spaghetti” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on January 25, 2016. “LO MEIN IS JUST CHINESE SPAGHETTI !!!!” was posted on Twitter by Jada S. Jones on May 9, 2019.

The reverse saying is less popular because spaghetti usually doesn’t have to be explained, but some people have pointed out that lo mein came first and was brought to Italy by Marco Polo (1254-1324). “Lo mein is chinese spaghetti, and spaghetti is italian lo mein” was posted on Twitter by Kendal on December 28, 2012. “Spaghetti is basically Italian lo mein” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on December 20, 2016. “You’ve got it backwards. Spaghetti is just Italian lo mein. That no good Marco Polo stole the idea from the Chinese” was posted on Twitter by “Action Jackson, now with machine learning” on October 21, 2020. “Hold your horses. Asians invented noodles. If anything spaghetti=Italian Lo Mein” was posted on Twitter by Burly on December 2, 2020.


Wikipedia: Lo mein
Lo mein (traditional Chinese: 撈麵/撈麪; simplified Chinese: 捞面; Cantonese Yale: lou1 min6; pinyin: ) is a Chinese dish with egg noodles. It often contains vegetables and some type of meat or seafood, usually beef, chicken, pork, shrimp or wontons. It can also be eaten with just vegetables.

Wikipedia: Spaghetti
Spaghetti (Italian: [spaˈɡetti]) is a long, thin, solid, cylindrical noodle pasta. It is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. Like other pasta, spaghetti is made of milled wheat and water and sometimes enriched with vitamins and minerals. Italian spaghetti is typically made from durum wheat semolina. Usually the pasta is white because refined flour is used, but whole wheat flour may be added.

Twitter
The Howell Report
@chrishowell
Lo Mein is Chinese spaghetti.
4:23 PM · Mar 5, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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$harondaaaaaaa
@inRondaEyes
in my opinion, lo mein is chinese spaghetti. idc what y’all say
4:08 PM · Feb 5, 2011·twidroyd (original)

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Jonathan T.
@JusT_marvELIAS
lo mein is nothing but chinese spaghetti lol
8:17 PM · Feb 17, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Meggan Adams
@megganladams
“Did I tell you my new name for spaghetti? Italian lo mein.  I’m so funny, I should go on tour.” -my dad #omg
9:13 PM · Feb 27, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Ben Virelles
@benvirelles
Lo Mein is the Chinese spaghetti.
7:07 PM · May 7, 2012·Twitter SMS

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Cole Martin
@barryleecole
lo mein is just chinese spaghetti.
3:23 PM · Nov 10, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Kendal 🕷🕸
@silleyladnek
Lo mein is chinese spaghetti, and spaghetti is italian lo mein
6:36 PM · Dec 28, 2012·Twitter for Android

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Brystle
@Brystleee
Lo mein is just Chinese spaghetti
8:56 PM · Feb 13, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Anthony Ciampa
@Cougar_Cowboy37
Lo mein is just Chinese spaghetti
10:14 PM · Aug 19, 2015 from Maine, USA·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/DireCorgi79 January 25, 2016
Lo mein is really just chinese spaghetti
COMMENTS
DashMurdock
Actually, spaghetti is just Italian lo mein. Grazie Marco Polo!

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/UnMarkedFatty November 27, 2016
Lo mein is just Chinese pasta.

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/pm_me_ex_gf_nudes December 20, 2016
Spaghetti is basically Italian lo mein.

Twitter
Pat House
@BohemianPatsody
I’m not drunk or nothing, but lo mein is just Chinese spaghetti.
8:58 PM · Feb 25, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
smellerbee
@gr8northernbean
Replying to @ryleyalexxx and @janineloise
Spaghetti: long tasty pasta
Lo mein: long tasty pasta
Therefore, spaghetti = Italian lo mein
9:54 PM · Jun 6, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/IIOFX April 3, 2018
Beef lo mein is just Chinese spaghetti.

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gnocchi mane
@krl_vc
just heard someone say “spaghetti is just italian lo mein” and honestly I zoned out for a good 10 min
2:34 PM · Apr 23, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Jada S. Jones
@CrownmeJ
LO MEIN IS JUST CHINESE SPAGHETTI !!!!
11:51 PM · May 9, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Grandaddyspookybones July 13, 2019
Lo Mien is Chinese spaghetti
COMMENTS
Beartrap125
Spaghetti is Italian Lo Mien

Twitter
1% milch
@junkdog69
Is lo mein chinese spaghetti or is spaghetti Italian lo mein
12:07 AM · Sep 30, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Action Jackson, now with machine learning
@writhing_south
Replying to @WallofYawn and @F00LINTHEZ00
You’ve got it backwards. Spaghetti is just Italian lo mein. That no good Marco Polo stole the idea from the Chinese.
4:53 PM · Oct 21, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Burly
@burlyben
Replying to @hannahhthomas and @mcnugzindaclub
Hold your horses. Asians invented noodles. If anything spaghetti=Italian Lo Mein
10:57 AM · Dec 2, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Steph, Part‐Time Nihilist
@RantsByDesign
oh yeah:
My Pops also can’t remember what lo mein is called so he calls it “Chinese spaghetti” which, lol, that actually makes sense.
9:54 PM · Dec 5, 2020·Twitter Web App

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