Easy Beef Lo Mein

Ingredients:  (serves about 6-8)

  • 1 3/4 pound top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce + 2 Tbsp (divided)
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil, plus more for cooking
  • 16 oz linguine noodles (or fresh lo mein egg noodles)
  • 3 - 4 cups shredded Napa cabbage
  • 4 oz bean sprouts
  • 2 medium carrots thinly julienned 
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 8 oz sugar snap peas
  • 4 green onions/scallions, cut into 2 - 3" pieces
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp + 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar

Written Method: 

The first thing I did was to get my meat "marinating."  I got the butcher to cut the steak for me into thin 2-3 inch strips.  *Just ask them!  It's a big time saver for you.  I added 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 3 Tbsp cornstarch, 3 Tbsp canola oil, and 1/4 tsp baking soda.  Now we can just sit this aside for a while while we get all the other stuff cut up, etc.  *I read that adding a little baking soda to the beef helps to tenderize it, so I decided to give this method a try.  For my 1 3/4 pounds of beef, I went with 1/4 tsp baking soda.  I was pleased with the outcome and texture of the beef.

I will have my linguini noodles cooked, thoroughly rinsed, drained, and ready to add later.

Before you begin cooking, have ALL of your vegetables cut up and ready to go!  From here, everything goes really quickly. 

The first thing we are going to get cooking is the beef, then we will set it aside.  Get your wok or skillet really hot (like almost smoking).  Add a couple tablespoons of oil and quickly sear the strips of beef.  It shouldn't take long at all.  Just a few minutes.  Then take the beef out and set it aside.  

Except for my green onions, I added all of the veggies to the wok.  It will look like an enormous amount at first... but something weird happens, and it just wilts down to hardly anything.  Stir fry on medium-high'ish for a minute or so, then start adding in the seasonings:  The rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce (Control your heat here!), toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, bean sprouts.   Now just let all that cook for a few minutes until the firmer vegetables (like the carrots) begin to get tender.

Now add in the drained linguine (or lo mein noodles if you are using them), as well as the beef.  Stir fry another few minutes and adjust seasonings with additional soy sauce, salt, etc.  Mine tasted a bit "flat" without the addition of a bit more salt.  Hard to believe, right?  But we just added a lot of pasta to this.  Give everything a good stir.  Add in the green onion tops.  Plate and serve.