Beef and Scallion Noodles

Marc Matsumoto

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This easy beef and scallion stir-fry comes together in under 15 minutes and can be served atop your favorite noodles tossed with a little fresh ginger and sesame oil.

After making scallion pancakes last week, I still had a ton of scallions left over. Rather than let them dry up in the veggie drawer and toss them out, I made a quick a stir-fry with some marinated beef and a TON of scallions. Usually, these no recipe "staff meals" end up being one-off creations, but this one was so good, I ended up going out to buy more scallions so I could make it again and document the process to share with you guys!

Fifteen minutes is all you need to make these luscious beef and scallion noodles with moist, tender slices of beef and verdant scallions that are still just a bit crisp. The savory sauce enrobes the bed of al-dente noodles below, which are perfumed with the heady aroma of toasted sesame oil and spicy ginger. This not only keeps them from sticking together, it makes them the perfect compliment to the stir-fry above.

By briefly marinating the beef, it not only ensures that each bite of meat is well seasoned, the starch in the marinade helps lock the juices in the meat so that it resists getting dried out. The marinated beef gets quickly stir-fried with the white parts of the scallions before a simple soy-sauce-based sauce is added. The green parts of the scallions go in at the very end, taking their pungent edge off, while retaining their vibrant color, and a whisper of crispness.

This beef and scallion stir-fry has a delicious savory sauce that goes perfectly with your favorite asian noodles tossed with ginger and sesame oil.

For the beef, you want to use a moderately tender cut that has a bit of fat in it. Fillet is very tender, but it doesn't have much fat, which will make it dry. Chuck and short-rib on the other hand has too much fat and gristle. I like using cuts like brisket, flank, or skirt-steak for stir-fries where the meat is being sliced thin, because they have the right balance of meat and fat. Although they're not super tender, they don't have much gristle, so as long as you slice them thinly against the grain, they'll be perfect in your finished dish.

While the list of ingredients is a bit long, many of them such as the two types of soy sauce are easily substitutable, so there's nothing very complicated about the recipe. The only tricky part is getting the timing right so that the beef and noodles finish at the same time. Since different noodles take different amounts of time to boil, you'll have to figure out when to start the beef based on the amount of time your noodles will take. For me, the stir-fry portion was done in just under 2 minutes. If in doubt, it's better to have the noodles done and tossed with the sesame oil and ginger, than to have your stir-fry sitting around while you wait for the noodles to finish cooking.

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  • Coursenoodles & pasta
  • Cuisinechinese
  • Yield2 servings 2 servings
  • Cooking Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Preparation Time5 minutesPT0H5M
  • Total Time15 minutesPT0H15M

Ingredients

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For beef and marinade
200 grams
Beef (I used brisket)
1 tablespoon
Oyster sauce
1 tablespoon
Shaoxing wine
1/2 teaspoon
Toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon
Potato starch
1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper (coarsely cracked)
For stir-fry sauce
1/4 cup
Chicken stock
1/2 tablespoon
Chinese dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon
Chinese light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon
Sugar
1/2 teaspoon
Potato starch
For noodles
2 servings
Noodles (such as udon, lamian)
2 teaspoons
Toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon
Ginger (grated)
For stir-fry
75 grams
Scallions (4-5 scallions)
1 tablespoon
Vegetable oil

Steps

  1. Thinly sliced brisket for beef and scallion noodles.
    Slice the beef as thinly as possible against the grain and add it to a bowl along with the oyster sauce, shaoxing, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, potato starch and black pepper. Stir well to distribute the marinade evenly, separating areas where slices of beef may be sticking together.
    Beef marinated with lots of black pepper and oyster sauce.
  2. Make the stir-fry sauce by stirring together the chicken stock, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, sugar and potato starch in a small bowl.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Boil the noodles according to the package directions. Wait on starting the stir-fry until your noodles are about 2 minutes away from being done.
  5. Green parts and white parts of the scallions sliced on the bias seperately.
    Slice the scallions thinly at an angle, keeping the white parts and green parts separated.
  6. To get some great flavor on the beef, let it fry on one side until it starts to brown before stirring.
    Heat a frying pan over high heat until very hot. Add the vegetable oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the beef and white parts of the scallions and stir-fry until the beef is about half cooked (should still be pink in parts).
    Quickly stir-fry the marinated beef and scallions.
  7. Add the stir-fry sauce to the beef and scallions before the beef is fully cooked.
    Add the stir-fry sauce and then boil until the sauce is thick and coats the beef in a glaze. Add the green parts of the scallions, reserving a few for garnish, and toss a few times to incorporate. Remove the pan from the heat.
    Add the green parts of the scallions in at the very end to retain their vibrant color.
  8. Drain the noodles and toss them in the ginger and sesame oil.
  9. Divide the noodles between two plates and then top with the beef and scallion stir-fry.

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