Subgum chow mein is a Chinese dish consisting of stir-fried vegetables and meat served over crunchy noodles. The key to a subgum dish is that it contains a wide variety of protein, such as chicken, beef, pork or shrimp. The vegetables used in a chow mein are usually celery, carrots and water chestnuts.
Chow mein alone, without any meat products, is made of stir-fried bean sprouts. Subgum chow mein is sometimes served as a side course in many Chinese restaurants, but it may also be served as a main course. Other variations of subgum dishes include subgum fried rice and subgum chop suey.