Beef chow mein


On the odd occasion that we get Chinese/Japanese take-out, you can bet your kimono that my hubby will order avocado maki and prawn California rolls. Although I like sushi a lot, I don’t order it that often. My take-out tactic involves trying out everything on the menu. Well, almost everything (there are a few things on that menu that scares me a little).

A real crowd pleaser and an old time favourite of mine is chow mein. While it does introduce foreign flavours, it’s a safe choice for the less-than-adventurous eaters. What excites me about chow mein is that it is fairly easy to make at home – you can tweak it as you please without any mishaps due to  an order getting lost in translation. I kept this beef chow mein quite simple to use at as a base for some wonderful ingredients and flavours.



200 g egg noodles

300 g beef strips

1 teaspoon garlic

1 green pepper, sliced

1 paprika, sliced

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sherry


1. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

2. Brown the garlic and beef strips in a splash of oil. Add the green pepper and paprika and fry for around 5 minutes.

3. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sherry and simmer at a low heat for about 10 minutes.

4. Add the egg noodles to the beef and simmer for another 5 minutes.

5. Serve hot, and good luck with those chopsticks!


2 thoughts on “Beef chow mein

  1. We rarely order takeout either, and I actually don’t think I’ve ever had chow mein! Sounds like your takeout-at-home version is awesome!

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