Saturday, 29 February 2020

Chinese Beef Chow Mein Recipe | Hungry for Goodies

A classic Chinese dish of stir-fried egg noodles with savoury beef.


Slippery noodles slick with the savoury Chow Mein Sauce is noodle heaven!

What goes in Chow Mein
Other than noodles, Chow Mein almost always has cabbage, bean sprouts and peppers then your choice of protein. I’m pretty sure chicken is by far the most popular, but I have no facts or figures to back that up. 😉
I like to use beef for mine. 

How to make Chow Mein
And here’s how to make it. Make sure you have everything ready to toss in because once you start cooking, you’ll be plating up in just over 5 minutes – This is going to be fast!


Wok NOT essential!

Totally fine to cook Chow Mein in a skillet instead of a wok. Just be sure to use a big one – so your noodles don’t go flying as you enthusiastically toss!

The fact of the matter is, no matter what protein you use, what vegetables and even what noodles, you’re going to end up with a bowl of slurp-worthy noodles as long as you use the Sauce recipe plus the same quantity of noodles + other stuff (veg, protein etc) so the flavour isn’t diluted.



INGREDIENTS:
  • 400g beef slices (cut into tiny strips please watch video)
  • 280g Medium Egg Noodles (1 pack)
  • 3 small peppers (use different colours like red, orange and yellow ones)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 75g mangetout (cut into strips)
For seasoning:
  • 3-4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • 5-6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground back pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Prepare the noodles according to your packet instructions
  2. (my pack says to soak it in boiled water for 1 minute) then drain. so I am just going to follow that
  3. Set this aside for later.
  4. Heat some oil in a wok or large deep fry pan over high heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot add in beef and fry them for 3-4 minutes over high heat until brown in colour. Season it with 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp of ground black pepper 2-3 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp dark soy sauce a tbsp of sugar
  6. give it a good stir. Cover it with a lead and let simmer on low flame for a few minutes (5-6 minutes) or until the meat is nice and tender.
  7. Next turn the heat to high and add mangetout, diced onion, chopped tomato, peppers strips and chinese cabbage keep stir frying. 
  8. Season the veggies with 1 tsp of black pepper, a pinch of salt, the rest of the lemon juice (2-3 tbsp) and stir well until all of those flavour are well combined.
  9. Add in the cooked noodles, a drizzle of oil to prevent the noodles for drying out.
  10. Add 1-1/2 tbsp soy sauce.  Give the mixture a few final stirs. Taste if it needs more saltiness add more soy sauce, if it needs more sourness add some more lemon juice and for sweetness add more sugar. It's all about balancing the all of the flavours.
  11. Put on a warm platter and serve immediately.

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