Beef chow mein

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 
20 minutes, plus marinating
  • Cooking time: 
20 minutes

beef chow meinIngredients

  • ½ tsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 250g (9oz) Chinese egg noodles
  • 300g (10½oz) sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into strips
  • 50ml (2floz) chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp fresh root ginger, in thin strips
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 3 salad onions, finely chopped
  • 100g shiitake (3½oz) mushrooms, quartered
  • 125g (4½oz) pak choi


  • 1 Mix together the clear honey, ½ tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp rice wine and 1 tsp cornflour. Use this to marinate the steak for at least 30 minutes. Cook the noodles in boiling water for 20 seconds, stirring. Drain and moisten with the remaining ½ tsp sesame oil.
  • 2 Mix the remaining sauces, rice wine and cornflour with the stock and white pepper; set aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a flat-bottomed wok. Add the noodles and cook for 5-7 minutes until the underside is golden. Flip the noodle ‘cake’ over and cook for about 3 minutes, until pale gold. Place on a warm plate.
  • 3 Add 1 tbsp oil to the wok, heat until just smoking and add the steak. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, then tip out onto a plate with any juices.
  • 4 Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil; add the ginger, garlic and salad onions; after 30 seconds, add the mushrooms. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the pak choi, stir-frying until wilted. Throw in the reserved sauce mixture, bring to the boil, and return the steak to the pan. Tip over the noodles and serve.

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