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 Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein?

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ChrisOC

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Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 1:20 PM (permalink)
I always see the cans of La Choy chow mein in the market, and I occasionally buy the noodles for salads.  I always wonder about the chow mein itself.
 
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    ScreamingChicken

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    Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 1:43 PM (permalink)
    My mom would fix it on occasion when I was young and every so often I'll buy a can.  But it's not something I eat a lot.
     
    I can't speak to its authenticity, though.
     
    Brad
     
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      ann peeples

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      Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 1:47 PM (permalink)
      I, too, buy the noodles, and their soy sauce and sweet and sour sauce. Same with their bamboo shoots and water chestnuts when I am unable to get fresh. Havent had the chow mein in years, and doubt that I will. Mom would serve it on occasion as I was growing up, much to the dismay of my Dad.
       
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        SeamusD

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        Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 1:52 PM (permalink)
        My mom also made it when I was a kid (we were poor and that over rice was cheap), but I won't touch the stuff now.
        LA CHOY
        Chicken Chow Mein
        Nutrition Facts
        Serving Size 1 cup (250g)
        Servings Per Container about 3 
        Amount Per Serving
        Calories 100
        Calories from Fat 35
        % Daily Value*
        Total Fat 4g 6%
          Saturated Fat 1g 5%
          Trans Fat 0g  
        Cholesterol 15mg 5%
        Sodium 1520mg 63%
        Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
          Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
          Sugars 2g  
        Protein 5g   
        Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 20%
        Calcium 2% Iron 4%
         
        I'd rather spend the extra 5 minutes preparing fresh vegetables and meat to stir fry in a little sauce (soy, hoisin, etc) than just pour out a can of that stuff.
         
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          ScreamingChicken

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          Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 2:04 PM (permalink)
          Now that I think about it, when I was growing up the brand my mom bought was Chun King and not La Choy.  It appears that both brand names are owned by ConAgra but I haven't seen Chun King in years.
           
          Brad
           
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            kland01s

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            Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 2:07 PM (permalink)
            Only when I was a poor college student and we could stretch it out with cheap white rice. That was in the 60's.
             
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              ann peeples

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              Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 3:10 PM (permalink)
               
              It is what it is. No one cared years ago(Seamus) what their stuff was in the 60's. Lived through that.
               
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                6star

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                Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 3:36 PM (permalink)
                At 920 mg. sodium per tablespoon, soy sauce is the culprit in the canned chow mein.
                 
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                  rumaki

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                  Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 4:44 PM (permalink)
                  Oddly enough, I thought the frozen versions of Chinese-American food were marginally better than the canned versions.  Even Stouffer's had a frozen chow mein at one point which wasn't bad.
                   
                  However, frozen egg foo young was beyond disgusting.
                   
                  I wouldn't touch them now.  We rarely had them when I was growing up, mostly as a "hot lunch" item.  It was mostly wishful thinking that the mass-produced stuff would be edible, and it rarely was.  We got "carry out" Chinese food from several Chinese-American restaurants in Indianapolis -- Mandarin Inn, Jong Mea, Lotus Garden.  (Despite the names, they were all, in those days, exclusively Cantonese-type food.)  Of those three, only Lotus Garden still survives (in Greenwood, IN, where Jonathan Byrd's cafeteria is).
                   
                  Nowadays, we make our own (usually using recipes from one of Martin Yan's cookbooks) or get carry out from the Dragon House, a real throwback of a Chinese-American restaurant in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.  We never buy La Choy ingredients; we have authentic Asian markets here that stock soy sauce, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and noodles that we prefer.
                   
                   
                   
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                    chewingthefat

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                    Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 5:19 PM (permalink)
                    I'd eat La Choy, right around the time period I find Chef Boyardee and Franco American, yummy!
                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 5:37 PM (permalink)
                      That was one of the few things my mother would fix for us to eat that we could actually swallow. I have find memories of it. I had no idea you could still find it.
                       
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                        zataar

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                        Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 6:07 PM (permalink)
                        rumaki


                        Oddly enough, I thought the frozen versions of Chinese-American food were marginally better than the canned versions.  Even Stouffer's had a frozen chow mein at one point which wasn't bad.

                        However, frozen egg foo young was beyond disgusting.

                        I wouldn't touch them now.  We rarely had them when I was growing up, mostly as a "hot lunch" item.  It was mostly wishful thinking that the mass-produced stuff would be edible, and it rarely was.  We got "carry out" Chinese food from several Chinese-American restaurants in Indianapolis -- Mandarin Inn, Jong Mea, Lotus Garden.  (Despite the names, they were all, in those days, exclusively Cantonese-type food.)  Of those three, only Lotus Garden still survives (in Greenwood, IN, where Jonathan Byrd's cafeteria is).

                        Nowadays, we make our own (usually using recipes from one of Martin Yan's cookbooks) or get carry out from the Dragon House, a real throwback of a Chinese-American restaurant in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.  We never buy La Choy ingredients; we have authentic Asian markets here that stock soy sauce, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and noodles that we prefer.



                        When our daughter lived in Minneapolis we never missed going to United Noodles and a place called Shur Huang on Nicollet. Not sure of the spelling of Shur Huang. It was a great store! And United Noodles is terrific.
                         
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                          rumaki

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                          Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 7:13 PM (permalink)
                          Close. It's "Shuang Hur."
                           
                          United Noodles is our market of choice!
                           
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                            zataar

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                            Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 7:42 PM (permalink)
                            Thanks :-) That's it, rumaki! Those markets are wonderful.
                             
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                              starfire62

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                              Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 8:06 PM (permalink)
                              used to like their egg rolls but i cant find the lachoy egg rolls around the buffalo area anymore.
                               
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                                ann peeples

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                                Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Wed, 10/5/11 10:10 PM (permalink)
                                I buy the egg rolls all the time. They are still in our area( Milwaukee)
                                 
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                                  mjambro

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                                  Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Thu, 10/6/11 8:17 AM (permalink)
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                                    mjambro

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                                    Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Thu, 10/6/11 8:18 AM (permalink)
                                    Ate a lot of it during college.  Tried some a few years ago on a whim - never again.  Even the worst Chinese restaurant version is likely to be superior at equal to better pricing.
                                     
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                                      AndreaB

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                                      Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Thu, 10/6/11 11:31 AM (permalink)
                                      I always found it too salty and bland at the same time.  To me, it all tasted the same and like a salt fest. 
                                       
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                                        bartl

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                                        Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Sun, 10/23/11 2:17 PM (permalink)
                                        When I was in college, I ate that and a lot of other canned Chinese food (as well as Italian). At age 23 or so, I went on a Pritikin (high complex carb, low sugar, low salt, low fat, low caffeine, a LOT of fresh raw vegetables) for about 6 months. I fell off, and tried one of those canned meals again; could not eat it at all. I can eat many canned soups, some canned chili, and some canned Hispanic foods, and that's pretty much it. No Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, Franco-American, La Choy or Chung King for me.
                                         
                                        Bart
                                         
                                         
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                                          stricken_detective

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                                          Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Sun, 10/23/11 5:28 PM (permalink)
                                          My mom used to make it, too. It was serviceable, not great. And could never eat it now with my HBP.
                                           
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                                            Biagartler

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                                            Re:Does anyone eat La Choy canned chow mein? Fri, 10/28/11 11:54 PM (permalink)
                                            The last time I got this was 30 years ago. It was edible. ("If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.") I would be surprised if it was any better now.
                                             
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