Stir-Fried Beef Chow Fun Noodles 乾炒牛河
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Noodles
Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 2
Beef Chow Fun 乾炒牛河 (gon chau ngau hor) is a popular Cantonese comfort food. Forget the Chinese takeout and make this stir-fried rice noodles yourself at home. Truly authentic and fulfilling!
  • 200 grams flat rice stick noodles – thick/wide
  • 250 grams flank steak, sliced into pieces
  • 1 small onion, cut in strips
  • 150 grams Chinese yellow chives (or Chinese chives), cut 2 inches long
  • 50 grams bean sprouts
  • 2 stalks green onions, cut 2 inches long
  • 7 teaspoons oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Beef Marinade
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon [easyazon_link identifier="B001FB6BA6" locale="US" tag="nomrec-20" localize="y"]light soy sauce[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon [easyazon_link identifier="B015U2MNKC" locale="US" tag="nomrec-20" localize="n"]rice cooking wine[/easyazon_link]
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
Flat Rice Stick Noodles Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons [easyazon_link identifier="B0001EJ4CU" locale="US" tag="nomrec-20" localize="y"]dark soy sauce[/easyazon_link]
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
Step 1 Cook Dried Flat Rice Noodles Ahead
  1. Add 1 teaspoon oil and dried flat rice noodles in boiling water, cook for roughly 6 minutes until slightly undercooked or 1 minute before al dente
  2. Remove rice noodles, drain with a [easyazon_link identifier="B00O97D0DO" locale="US" tag="nomrec-20" localize="y"]colander[/easyazon_link], run them under cold water immediately until cold
  3. Drain noodles well, put them in a large mixing bowl with paper towel at the bottom to absorb the water
  4. Refrigerate rice noodles for at least 2 hours (FYI: we have left it in the fridge for 8 hours)
Step 2 Preparation
  1. Marinate flank steak for 20 minutes
  2. Separate rice noodles gently by hand without breaking them, as they will stick together after being refrigerated
Step 3 Cook Beef + Vegetables
  1. Heat pan over high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil
  2. Add beef and sear until browned (~60% cooked)
  3. Add onion, cook for 2 minutes
  4. Add Chinese yellow chives and bean sprouts, stir
  5. Add green onions, stir
  6. Add roughly ½ teaspoon salt to taste (please taste!)
  7. Drain beef and vegetables on a sieve, set aside
  8. Clean and dry pan
Step 4 Cook Rice Noodles
  1. Heat dried pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil
  2. Spread noodles evenly on pan and do NOT stir!!
  3. Pan-sear noodles for 2 minutes on each side
  4. Use chopsticks to gently separate noodles and try not to touch or move them that much
  5. Add flat rice stick noodles sauce, use chopsticks to GENTLY mix noodles with the sauce
  6. Make sure noodles are coated evenly with the sauce. Continue to pan-sear noodles for 1 minute on each side
  7. Add beef and vegetables back in
  8. Stir all ingredients gently a few times, then serve!
The rice noodles are too delicate for stirring and will easily break into pieces and ruin the dish. Please be gentle and try not to move or stir the noodles unless necessary.

If you are able to get your hands on some fresh flat rice noodles, awesome! Skip "Step 1 Cook Dried Flat Rice Noodles Ahead”.

Remember to dry up the pan after cooking the beef + vegetables before cooking rice noodles in the pan.

May add a pinch of sesame as an extra topping before you serve to add a bit more texture to the dish.
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