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Beef Chow Fun

You will love this easy Beef Chow Fun recipe! Stir fried ho fun rice noodles with tender beef, bean sprouts, green onions coated in a simple but flavorful savory sauce.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 15 minutes
    •    Cook time: 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 10


For the Beef Marinade:

    •    1 tsp soy sauce
    •    1 tsp sesame oil
    •    1/4 tsp black pepper
    •    1 tsp arrowoot starch or cornstarch
    •    8 ounces about 1/2 lb. sirloin steak, trimmed of fat, very thinly sliced against the grain

For the Noodles:

    •    cooking oil
    •    2 garlic cloves minced
    •    salt and pepper to taste
    •    1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    •    1 cup mung bean sprouts
    •    pinch white pepper (Optional)
    •    1 tsp Mirin Japanese rice wine
    •    1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh ginger
    •    1/2 medium white onion sliced thinly
    •    4-5 green onions cut into thirds, divided
    •    1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (I use Shaoxing)
    •    1 pound fresh flat rice noodles strands separated
    •    1/4 cup thinly sliced red cabbage for colour (Optional)
    •    1 1/2 tbsps dark soy sauce can substitute with gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for paleo-friendly version
    •    2-3 tbsps regular or light soy sauce can substitute with gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for paleo-friendly version


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, soy sauce, sesame oil, starch, and black pepper. Or alternatively, add beef and marinade to a large zip-top bag - seal and shake. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare the noodles according to package instructions. If using fresh, separate the noodles into strands so they do not stick when frying. If using dry, once drained, drizzle with 1 teaspoon sesame oil and mix to combine to prevent sticking.

  3. Heat wok over high heat until you start to see smoke. Add enough oil to swirl around to coat the wok (about 1 tablespoon).

  4. Add beef and sear until just brown. Remove beef and transfer to a plate.

  5. Add more oil to coat the wok (about 2-3 tablespoons). Add ginger and garlic and saute for about 10 seconds. Add half of the green onions along with the white onions and continue cooking for another 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant.

  6. Add the noodles and spread into an even layer. Allow the noodles to fry for about 20 seconds (for a light toasty layer to form)

  7. Add the dark and light soy sauce and mirin and toss the noodles evenly. Add the beef back into the pan and toss to coat everything evenly. Taste and adjust with salt, pepper or more soy sauce if needed.

  8. Toss in the red cabbage (if using), bean sprouts and the remaining green onions and remove from the pan.

  9. Serve hot with a pinch of hot sauce or a dash of white pepper.

This great family recipe is thanks to Life-Made-Sweeter Recipes at


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