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Gout and Chicken
I am guessing that Chicken chow mein was a take-away? If so it is most likely the ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C) which is often used as a preservative. I have had similar problems with take-away food, gout comes on very rapidly say within the hour.
The technical explanation: The type-D isomer of Ascorbic acid cannot be used by the body as the natural type-L isomer can. The body considers it toxic and like all toxic foods causes the body to present a higher lever of uric acid to neutralize/bind these toxic molecules in the blood. Remember uric acid is the bodies most prevalent anti-oxidant, the more toxic foods you eat the higher your uric acid.
Best of luck,