Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein

I love Chinese takeout. Who doesn’t, really?

When I lived in San Francisco, I ordered from a place that was wildly inconsistent. Sometimes the food would be amazing, and other times, not-so-good. I always wished that I could figure out which chef was working before placing (or not placing) an order!

I was hoping for better options in New York, and I’ve definitely eaten at some great Chinese restaurants since moving here. Once again though, my neighborhood takeout options aren’t very good.

So I’m skipping takeout altogether and creating my own Chinese meals. This Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein is a favorite!

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein | Hello Little Home #Chinese #vegetarian #vegan #recipeLo mein is something I rarely order, whether I’m eating out or ordering in. It just not the most exciting option, plus it’s often greasy and bland. Gross!

I love the idea of lo mein though, so I wanted to create a better option. My version isn’t greasy at all. Instead, it’s full of colorful vegetables and crispy tofu (sub your favorite protein, if desired). A delicious sauce pulls everything together.

Best of all, it’s super quick and easy. You’ll have this Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein on the table in the time it takes to cook the noodles. Sounds like the perfect weeknight dinner to me!

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein

Yield: 4 - 6 main dish servings

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein


  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 2/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 (14-oz.) package extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-oz.) package rainbow slaw mix
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add linguine and cook until al dente. Drain in a colander. Do not overcook!
  3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce by combining vegetable broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Cut tofu horizontally into 3 slices about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Place tofu slices on a few layers of paper towel. Cover with more paper towel and press, drawing out as much water as possible.
  6. Remove tofu from paper towel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  7. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add tofu to pan and gently stir until covered with oil.
  9. Cook tofu, flipping when golden brown, until browned on most sides. It will take about 15 minutes.
  10. Cover a large plate with a few sheets of paper towel add add tofu. Sprinkle with a little salt and set aside.
  11. Return pan to medium-high heat. (There should still be some olive oil in the pan, but if not, add another teaspoon.)
  12. Add onion to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until browned.
  13. Stir slaw into onion and cook until it starts to wilt.
  14. Reduce heat to medium.
  15. When pan has cooled slightly, stir in garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
  16. Stir tofu into vegetables.
  17. Add drained linguine to pan.
  18. Give sauce a quick stir and pour into pan.
  19. Use a pair of tongs (or two spoons) to mix together noodles, vegetables, and tofu.
  20. Remove from heat when sauce is absorbed.
  21. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Takeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein | Hello Little Home #Chinese #vegetarian #vegan #recipeTakeout Fake Out: Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein | Hello Little Home #Chinese #vegetarian #vegan #recipeWhat is your go to Chinese takeout order?

P.S. My favorite New York neighborhood for great Chinese is Flushing, Queens. I love the noodles at Biang!, and the dumplings at Tianjin Dumpling House are super delicious and filling. After you eat, visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park to walk off your meal!

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Linda and Alex @ Veganosity

Haha! I had Chinese take out last night, I was too lazy to cook. This looks fabulous. Tofu, broccoli, and noodles, yes please!

Yummmm, I love a good tofu lo mein. Since moving from NYC to a little New England town I definitely do miss the wonderful take out options we had there. One of my favorite Chinese takeout orders was Mapo Dofu. I will have to give this one a try, pinning!

This sounds delicious. I am definitely pinning. xo Laura

This looks amazing and I’m always interested in meals that involve tofu! Pinned! 🙂

It looks soooooooooo inviting !!
I LOVE tofu and always look for new recipes to try

Hahaha I love it “takeout fake out”! This lo mein looks absolutely delicious 🙂 my favourite Chinese dish would be sweet & sour veg although I don’t think I have ever bought it from a Chinese takeaway..it’s always “fake outs” here lol.

This lo mein looks so delicious! I love the slaw and tofu making this dish a nice meal! Saying hello from nifty thrifty things!

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My family loves lo mein noodles. This looks a lot healthier than what we pick up though. It looks really good! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

Hello gorgeous! What an amazing recipe. Oh Yum! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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Yum! This is my kind of healthy comfort food! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Vegetable Tofu Lo Mein recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it.

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Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

This looks so delicious! And much healthier than takeout 🙂 Would love to invite you to link up with us at our party on my blog please 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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Love this, Ginnie, it’s so healthy and yummy! I’ve actually just started to do a bit more cooking with tofu! I’ve had it with some Thai takeout a few times and decided I should start buying it to make at home. I think your recipe will be on the menu soon! 🙂

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Just made this for my family and they loved it! my mom asked why didn’t I double the recipe 🙂

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