Chinese Beef Chow Mein (牛肉炒面)
The tender beef in this dish practically melts in your mouth. Along with saucy noodles and crisp veggies, it’s a delicious way to get a filling meal that everyone will love onto the table fast.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
- 12 oz (340 g) flank steak , cut into 1/4-inch (5-mm) slices
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chicken stock (or water)
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1/2 small onion , sliced
- 1 bell pepper , cut into thin strips
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 green onions , chopped
Boil noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Rinse with tap water, drain, and set aside. I always cook the noodles 1 minute less than the package recommends. They’ll be a bit underdone, but will be perfectly cooked once stir fried in the sauce.
Combine all the “Marinade” ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well and let marinate for 10 minutes.
Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Chop aromatics and vegetables.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Spread the beef in the pan. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds without touching, until the bottom browns. Flip to cook the other side for 30 to 45 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the beef is lightly charred but the inside is slightly pink. Transfer to a plate.
Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add onion and peppers. Cook and stir until the veggies just start to turn soft, 1 minute or so.
Add the ginger, garlic, and green onion. Stir a few times to release the fragrance.
Add the noodles. Toss a few times with a pair of tongs. Add the cooked beef back into the pan. Pour the sauce over the ingredients. Toss to mix everything together well. The noodles are done when the sauce is absorbed, 1 minute or so.
Transfer everything to serving plates and serve hot as main.
Serving: 3g | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 35.9g | Fat: 10.9g | Saturated Fat: 4.2g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 9.9g | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 18%