Ginger Beef Noodles

Ginger Beef Noodles

Here's another great way to enjoy flat rice noodles, almost similar to Flat Noodles with Egg Gravy (Wat Tan Hor) but combines the savory flavor of beef and ginger in Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

The result is a wonderful soup-style noodles infused with the flavor of oyster sauce and ginger, with thin soy sauce to add some saltiness and some sugar to balance to it out. It's a perfect quick fix for cold winter days when you want something warm and soupy but are craving noodles too.

Ginger Beef Noodles

As usual, you can find the flat rice noodles in your local Asian grocery stores for a little more than a buck. Look for dried and very wide, flat translucent noodles in a packet. Each packet is enough to make about two meals for two people.

It's very important to soak them till they are malleable and to cook them down in a stir-fry to get them to al dente or you'll end up with very chewy and tough noodles, similar to eating pasta which isn't cooked fully. The goal is to soften them up to absorb the gravy. Once you've cooked everything, combine the gravy with the noodles only when you're ready to eat or the noodles will soak up all the gravy and become soggy if left too long.

Another thing to note is once the noodles are cooked and sit for awhile, they will clump together. Simply use a fork or tongs to gently separate them before serving. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 lb. flat rice noodles
  • 1/2 lb. beef, cut into thin strips against the grain
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons thick soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon thin soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 green onions, sliced diagonally into 2" pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Pepper to taste

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons thin soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix together the marinade and marinate the beef strips for 30 minutes
  2. Soak the rice noodles in warm water for 15 minutes, making sure they are completely submerged
  3. Over medium high heat, stir-fry the noodles in 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce until the noodles have cooked down and absorbed the color, tossing continuously for about 5 minutes. Add water if needed to prevent sticking. Remove and set aside
  4. In the same pan, saute garlic until fragrant
  5. Add in the marinated beef and cook thoroughly, about 2 minutes
  6. Pour in chicken stock and stir to combine, adding oyster sauce, thin soy sauce, sugar and pepper to taste
  7. Bring to a boil then pour in the cornstarch slurry and simmer until the gravy has thickened
  8. Add in green onions and toss to combine
  9. Remove from heat and add sesame oil
  10. Arrange the noodles on plates and ladle the beef and gravy on them
  11. Serve hot

Ginger Beef Noodles


2 comments:

  1. This is one of the most popular over here, available in Chinese restaurants and hawker stalls. While as said before that beef is a taboo for us, there's always options of seafood and chicken for this delicious dish. I love that runny and flavorful soup.

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