Got a hankering for Chinese noodles? Well, today’s beef chow fun recipe is simply a must-try. Tender beef, soft flat rice noodles, meaty mushrooms, and refreshing bean sprouts, all stir-fried in a luscious soy sauce.
What Is Beef Chow Fun?
For those of you who don’t know, beef chow fun is a popular Cantonese dish featuring flat, wide rice noodles stir-fried with beef, bean sprouts, and dark soy sauce. This stir-fry noodle dish is usually cooked in a wok or a deep skillet.
As for its cuisine, this recipe is widely eaten in Hong Kong and Guangdong, and can be found in many dim sum restaurants overseas.
Difference between Chow Mein and Chow Fun
They are both noodle-based, but the key difference is that chow mein recipes call for egg noodles with a thin and round shape, meanwhile, those of chow fun dishes are flat and wide rice noodles with a softer and chewier texture.
Ingredients for This Recipe
Beef: We use flank steak for this recipe. It is a delicious, lean cut of beef from the cow’s belly muscles.
Rice Noodles: For this recipe, we use freshly cooked flat wide rice noodles. If you buy uncooked noodles, simply cook them as instructed on the package.
Sauce: This 7-ingredient sauce is what makes our dish taste divine. Simply mix together sesame oil, water, cornstarch, pepper, Sriracha, soy sauce, and Hoisin sauce. This combination results in a savory and slightly spicy taste, packing a punch of umami flavors.
Vegetables and Spices: Fresh mung bean sprouts and tender-crisp white button mushrooms add more taste and texture to our beef chow fun. Other spices such as garlic and onion also give our dish a boost of flavor.
Is Beef Chow Fun Healthy?
Chinese noodle dishes often get a bad rap for the excessive amounts of seasonings and oil used. Rest assured, our version of beef chow fun here makes a moderately healthy meal.
First, we use flank steaks for the beef. Being lean cuts of meat, they are high in protein and packed with essential vitamins and minerals, while having a lesser amount of unhealthy fats.
Let’s take a look at the “the less the better” indexes: one serving of this recipe provides 466 calories, 3.6 g saturated fats, 590 mg sodium, and 3.7 g sugar. These numbers are substantially lower than many beef chow fun take-outs at restaurants.
However, the key to enjoying satiating dishes like stir-fry is still, of course, moderation.
What to Serve with This Recipe
Here are some recommended sides to serve with our beef chow fun:
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18 oz cooked wide flat rice noodles (from about 9 oz cooked)
6 oz white mushrooms (sliced)
2 oz onion (cut into wedges)
2 oz mung bean sprouts
3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp garlic (minced)
3 1/2 tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp unsalted roasted sesame seeds
1 fl oz water
1/4 cup scallions (chopped)
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
1 tsp Sriracha
Slice the beef: Trim off the silver skin (the white thin membrane covering one side of the steak), remove all the excess fats from the steak, then slice thinly against the grain.
Slice the white mushrooms: Use a clean cloth or tissue paper to wipe the dirt off the mushroom (do not rinse), then cut them into slices.
Cook the wide flat rice noodles as instructed on the package. (for uncooked packaged rice noodles only, skip this step if you purchase freshly cooked rice noodles)
Cut the onion into wedges: Half the onion lengthwise and slice off the root and head. Lay one half flat, and make a vertical cut right through the center to get two large wedges. Flip the large wedges and cut them into four small wedges.
Mince the garlic: Separate the cloves from the bulb and peel the skin off. Use a knife to slice each entire clove lengthwise, then hold the clove and turn 90 degrees to slice it crosswise. Keep mincing each clove to make tiny pieces.
Chop the scallions: Rinse the scallions, pat dry, then lay them in an even layer on a cutting board. Remove 2 inches of the tops and the root ends, then slide the blade of a sharp knife in a back-and-forth motion to make scallion rings.
Wash the mung bean sprouts until clean.
Make the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 fl oz water, 1/2 tbsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp Sriracha, 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, and 1/2 tbsp Hoisin sauce. Stir well to combine.
Sautee the minced garlic in canola oil: In a skillet over medium heat, add 3 1/2 tbsp canola oil and 2 tbsp minced garlic. Stir for 30 seconds.
Add the white mushroom: Add 6 oz white mushrooms and stir fry for 4 minutes.
Add the beef: Add 12 oz flank steak slices and stir fry for 4 minutes.
Add the sauce and onion: Add the sauce and 2 oz onion. Stir well for 1 minute.
Add the cooked rice noodles and mung bean sprouts: Add 18 oz cooked wide flat rice noodles and 2 oz mung bean sprouts. Stir for 5 more minutes, then remove from the heat.
Serve: Sprinkle with 1/4 cup scallions and 1 tbsp unsalted roasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!
How to Make Beef Chow Fun
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 466Calories from Fat 210
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3.6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Vitamin A 67IU
Vitamin C 6mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Beef Chow Fun Recipe
Beef chow fun is packed with flavor and has a great texture. Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.