Your Chinese prisoners gonna eat: chow mein

from Slaughterhouse – On the House Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Chow is a word used to mean eating time in the military and in prisons.

The origin of the word is also from the Chinese Its immediate origin is a Chinese-English pidgin which was used by indentured Chinese labourers who built the railroads in and into California last century. It seems that the original was the repeated chow chow, and in that form it’s recorded in a glossary prepared by a member of the staff of the British embassy in Beijing at the end of the eighteenth century.

and lastly, Chow Mein is a popular Chinese Dish.

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