This dish has become a staple in our house. It’s a variation of a dish in Miss A’s first cookbook: Disney Princess Cookbook (affiliate link) and this amazing recipe from Woks of Life. We’ve made some modifications usually based on what we have on hand and if we need to use up a whole onion or are missing green onions.
Mulan Noodles aka Beef Chow Fun
- 8 oz. flank steak sliced thin (we often get this presliced from our grocer)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch You can also use arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Rest of the Dish
- 12 oz. rice noodles we usually use these prepackaged ones (affilate link)
- 3 tablespoons sunflower or vegetable oil
- 4 scallions split in half or cut into inch long pieces
- 3 tablespoons fresh ginger we use the ginger paste
- 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar
- salt and white pepper to taste
- 4 to 6 ounces fresh bean sprouts We've previously used canned but it never turns out as good.
- 1 onion sliced
- Combine the beef and marinade ingredients and marinate for at least an 1 hour. (There have been times we've only let the beef marindate for a half hour and while the dish is still good, it is better if you let it marinate longer, so plan ahead.)
- Unpackage the noodles. If the noodles are very stiff and stuck together, boil some water and add the noodles. Let them sit for about 30 seconds to a minute to loosen. Then drain.
- Heat your wok or pan over high heat and add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to coat the wok. Add the beef and sear until browned. Remove the beef from the pan. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons more sunflower or vegetable oil. Add the ginger and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the scallions.
- Add the noodles and stir-fry on high for about 15 seconds. Add the Shaoxing wine.
- Add the sesame oil, soy sauces, pinch of sugar and seared beef. Stir-fry. Tip from Woks of Life that is BRILLIANT: Lift the noodles in an upward motion to mix well and coat them evenly with the sauce.
- Add a bit of salt and white pepper to taste (taste the noodles before adding salt). Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry. Serve hot.