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Quick Asian Beef and Noodles

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Get your chopsticks ready!! With caramelised ground beef, a tangle of noodles and a sweet savoury 4 ingredient sauce, these Asian Beef and Noodles are totally slurp-worthy!


These Asian Beef and Noodles are made in ONE POT!!! Sure it saves on washing up an extra pot to cook the noodles separately, but for this recipe, the more important factor is that the starch in the noodles acts as the thickener for the sauce .

Any instant noodles or ramen will work just fine because we discard the soup seasoning mix. You can also buy just the noodle cakes (no seasoning) in larger packs of 5+.


If you don’t have instant noodles (or you really can’t get past your dorm days), these Asian Beef and Noodles will work just fine with any other type of noodles. Dried or fresh, rice or wheat / egg noodles.

Quick Asian Beef and Noodles Recipe
 A great quick noodle recipe that requires very little prep. The trick here is to caramelise the beef well - makes all the difference! TIP: Don't cook the noodles any longer than it says to on the packet! So basically, this HAS to be a super quick recipe!



Ingredients
  • 2 packets instant noodles or ramen , discard seasoning (Note 1)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil (or more oil) (Note 2)
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 onion , sliced
  • 200g / 7oz beef mince (ground beef) (Note 3)
  • 1 1/4 cups (315 ml) water, plus more as needed
  • Big handful bean sprouts
SAUCE:
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce (or Hoisin, Note 4)
  • 2 tsp Hoisin sauce (or more Oyster sauce)
  • 1 tbsp mirin (Note 5)
GARNISHES (OPTIONAL):
  • Finely sliced green onion / shallots
  • Sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Mix Sauce.
  2. Heat oils in a medium skillet over high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1 1/2 minutes until starting to go golden.
  3. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it changes from pink to light brown.
  4. Add Sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until well caramelised (see video).
  5. Push beef to the side to make enough space for the noodles. Add water, place noodles in water.
  6. Leave for 45 seconds then turn.
  7. Leave for 30 seconds, then untangle the noodles, then toss through the beef.
  8. Add beansprouts, toss for 1 minute until sauce reduces to coat the noodles and the noodles are cooked. (Note 6)
  9. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes:
 1. Instant Noodles - The Instant Noodles make it easy because they're designed to cook quickly and evenly. Totally dummy proof - so perfect for this one pot style of cooking.
Any brand or type is fine here, though avoid the extra large ramen packets because you'll struggle to fit two in the pan (though you could break them). I used Maggi in the video, and one of those Asian packs (photos in post, from Woolies supermarket) for the photos. You can also buy just the noodle cakes in larger packets ie no seasoning.
Feel free to sub with fresh or other dried noodles (rice or wheat). Just prepare them per the packet, use about 2 packed cups and toss through the caramelised beef with a splash of water.
2. Sesame oil - Use toasted sesame oil if you've got it, otherwise untoasted is fine. Australia - the brown sesame oil we get is toasted, untoasted is not common. Toasted sesame oil has a more intense flavour and is brown, untoasted sesame oil is yellow like normal oil.
3. Mince - Ground beef is called mince here in Australia. Can sub with any other ground meat of choice - chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, kangaroo (really!), veal.
4. Oyster Sauce - I've noticed vegetarian oyster sauce in the supermarkets lately!
5. Mirin - a sweet Japanese cooking sake that is a very common ingredient in Japanese cooking, also used widely by other Asian cuisines. Found in large supermarkets here in Australia, Asian section, or at Asian grocery stores.
Can sub with Chinese cooking wine, dry sherry. Otherwise, use 1/2 cup water + 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock/broth (instead of 1 1/4 cups water) and skip the Mirin.
6. Total cook time for noodles should be per packet. Add a touch more water if noodles need longer.
7. SCALING recipe up (click servings and slide) - use a larger skillet. Can break noodle cakes if necessary to fit.
Recipe Adapted :  Quick Asian Beef and Noodles @ recipetineats

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