how do you make beef chow mein

Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Add celery, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, broth, piementos, soy sauce and ginger; mix well. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Here’s a great beef mince recipe for you that’s quick to make, economical and full of hidden vegetables so it’s a complete meal – Beef Chow Mein! It’s the beef version of everybody’s favourite Chicken Chow Mein, made with the convenience of ground beef.

Here’s something new to try with that packet of beef mince you throw into your shopping cart every week! The beef is stir fried with chow mein sauce until it’s beautifully caramelised then tossed in a tangle of noodles and vegetables.

A neat trick in today’s recipe is to scramble up an egg with the beef. It makes the beef bits stick to the noodles better, with the added bonus of upping the protein.

Another bonus: chow mein actually has a vast amount of noodle-shaped vegetables hidden in the noodles. A carrot, 2 heaped cups of cabbage and a heaped cup of bean sprouts. That’s a good veg serving for a meal!

Tips for the perfect chow mein

  • I find that flank steak works best in this recipe, but you can also use skirt steak or thinly sliced sirloin.
  • Place your meat in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm it up, it makes it much easier to cut thin slices this way.
  • The meat can marinate for up to 8 hours if you have the time.
  • I use a mandoline to thinly slice the cabbage and onions, it saves a lot of time!
  • Be sure to use low sodium soy sauce and beef broth so that you can control the salt level of the finished dish.

What is the difference between chow mein and lo mein?

Lo mein and chow mein are very similar dishes. Chow mein noodles may be thinner than lo mein noodles. Also, lo mein noodles are boiled, while chow mein noodles are boiled and then stir fried.

Beef Chow Mein variations

This dish is absolutely delicious as-is, but you can add other ingredients to the mix to customize it to your tastes.

  • Protein: Instead of flank steak, try sliced chicken, ground beef, pork tenderloin or even shrimp.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add other vegetables such as mushrooms, bok choy, red bell peppers or zucchini.
  • Flavorings: There are a variety of other flavors you can add such as sriracha, fresh minced ginger, cashews or sesame seeds.

Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Add celery, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, broth, piementos, soy sauce and ginger; mix well. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

FAQ

What is chow mein sauce made of?

Chow Mein sauce is made with sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and cornstarch. I like to use refrigerated yakisoba noodles to make chow mein, but you can use dried chow mein noodles, lo mein, or spaghetti noodles.

What makes chow mein taste like chow mein?

The sauce is what gives chow mein all of its seasoning and addictive flavors. It’s a mix of oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper. It’s full of sweet and savory umami and seriously SO good.

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