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One-pot minced beef with pan-fried noodles is our version of takeout style beef with pan-fried noodles. A medley of quick cooking mixed vegetables and aromatics stir-fried with crispy noodles and combined with seasoned minced beef simmered in an easy asian sauce. 

This meal is satisfying, attainable, and affordable. It’s convenient for a quick weeknight meal that will feed the fam with a play on takeout. We’ve adapted a favourite of ours- crispy pork noodle dish by substituting the crispy pork bits for a ground beef crumble that we’ve simmered in some beef broth and a wonderful brown sauce that’s all mingling in a bed of crispy noodles and crunchy veggies. This dish is perfect for fulfilling your Chinese food cravings. 

FOR THE SAUCE

If you’ve cooked a lot of Asian inspired dishes, most of the sauce ingredients you’ll be familiar with. If not, well all of these ingredients are easily accessible and can be found at most grocers. Most of the ingredients you’ll see in the recipe details are for preparing the sauce and it comes together very easily and quickly. You shouldn’t feel the need to shop at an Asian grocer unless it’s more convenient of course 

the two ingredients that you may have difficulty sourcing would be the dark brown soy sauce and the oyster sauce. What you can do in this case is increase the amount of hoisin and regular soy sauce so that you have the same amount of sauce in terms of quantity to cover the beef and noodles. The dark soy sauce does have more flavour and makes the food turn a deeper brown colour. 

INGREDIENTS

For this recipe we opted for the aromatics of garlic and onion which we’ve sautéed with our beef. These two ingredients tend to be household staples and common for a lot of main meals. You could add grated ginger for added taste but it’s not necessary. For the vegetable medley, we chose green pepper and Chinese cabbage. Sticking to things you would normally find in takeout recipes and have minimal cooking required. The green peppers add a lovely pop of colour and crunch to the dish. For the cabbage, any finely shredded cabbage would do or substitute with bok choy which is in the same family so it would provide a similar taste. Adding extra veggies is also an option if you’re looking to get rid of anything extra lying around. We find that stir fries are a great way to use those up. 

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minced beef pan-fried noodles
Yield: 4

minced beef pan-fried noodles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Our version of takeout style beef with pan-fried noodles. Mixed veggies stir-fried with crispy noodles and combined with seasoned minced beef simmered in an easy asian sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup chinese cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 4 packets instant noodles or ramen noodles
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • garnish: scallions, sesame seeds
  • Sauce:
  • 1 TBS oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp hoisin
  • 2 TBS dark soy sauce
  • 1 TBS regular soy sauce
  • 1 TBS rice vinegar or chinese cooking wine
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp chinkiang vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions just start to brown. Add the ground beef and cook breaking into smaller bits as it cooks and brown. Cook until the beef is nicely browned.
  2. While the beef is cooking, combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside in a colander to dry.
  3. Once the beef is browned, add the broth and half the sauce mixture to the beef and continue to cook an additional 2 minutes to allow the sauce to soak into the beef and caramelize a little and some of the liquid has evaporated. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. Remove any liquid from the pan as well.
  4. In the same pan, add the sesame oil, cook cabbage and peppers together until the cabbage cooks down and browns a little. Add the noodles to the pan and let sit to fry without stirring 1-2 minutes and turn to fry the other side. Drizzle in little more oil if needed to help with the frying. Add the remainder of the sauce to the pan and toss to coat the noodles. Add the beef back in to warm and mix everything well.
  5. Portion out into bowls and serve immediately with scallions and sesame seeds.

minced beef pan-fried noodles

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