Beef Chow Mein

Look for the fresh chow mein noodles in the refrigerated produce section of well-stocked supermarkets and at Asian grocery stores. This recipe was adapted from Chef Lui’s original and modified, as necessary, for home cooks.
Yield 2 Servings Prep. Time 15 min Cooking Time 20 min Total Time 35 min


Here are the following ingredients:

  • 8 (250 g) fresh chow mein egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) oyster sauce
  • 8 oz (250 g) Beef Flank Steak, cut into thin strips, 3 inches (8 cm) long
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) canola or sunflower oil, divided
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced diagonally
  • Half onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (125 mL) snow peas, trimmed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili crisp or chili oil (see Tip)

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Follow these cooking methods/directions: 1. Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water; drain well and set aside. 2. Whisk cornstarch into ¼ cup (60 mL) water; whisk in soy sauce and oyster sauce. Set aside. 3. Heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add noodles and pan-fry, without stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp on the bottom. Turn over and pan-fry, without stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, until crisp and slightly browned. (Note: the centre of the noodles can remain soft, if desired.). Transfer to a serving platter and set aside. 4. Pat beef strips dry with paper towel and season all over with salt and pepper. Return pan to medium-high heat and add remaining oil. Stir-fry carrot and sliced onion for 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is slightly translucent. Add beef and cook for about 1 minute per side or until browned but still pink inside. 5. Add snow peas and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir cornstarch mixture and stir into pan; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add up to ¼ cup (60 mL) water, if desired for more sauce. Remove from heat. 6. Pour beef mixture and sauce over noodles. Garnish with green onions and drizzle with chili crisp.