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Beef chow mein

This authentic Beef chow mein features fresh egg noodles, which are fried into a cake that softens slightly when topped with a meat and vegetable sauce.


  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 ml salt
  • 5 ml sugar
  • 2 ml grated ginger
  • 125 ml stock

Marinade Ingredients: 

  • 2 ml salt
  • a pinch pepper
  • 5 ml sugar
  • 15 ml dark soy sauce
  • 15 ml cornflour
  • 30 ml oil
  • 45 ml mirin, sake or dry sherry

Garnish Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 15 ml oil
  • 600 g rump steak, sliced
  • 500 g Chinese egg noodles
  • 60 ml oil
  • 60 ml soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 large carrot cut into strips
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 100 g mushroom, sliced


  1. Mix up all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Add the meat and toss to coat well. 
  3. Set aside to marinate for a couple of hours.
  4. For the garnish, fry the eggs to make thin omelettes the thickness of pancakes.
  5. Remove, roll up and slice the egg the thickness of noodles. Set aside.
  6. Cook the noodles until soft, remove from water and toss in a little oil.
  7. Heat 15 ml oil in a wok and fry the noodles.
  8. Sprinkle soy sauce over this to give a golden colour.
  9. Remove from wok and place on a heated plate.
  10. Keep warm.
  11. Wipe out wok.
  12. Heat 15 ml oil, add garlic and fry lightly.
  13. Add the vegetables and stir-fry until crisply cooked.
  14. Add salt, sugar and ginger and mix.
  15. Remove from wok.
  16. Wipe out wok, add 30 ml oil and heat.
  17. Add beef with the marinade and stir-fry to cook, about 5 minutes.
  18. Add the stock and bring to the boil while stirring.
  19. Add the cooked vegetables to the wok and combine.
  20. Pour over the noodles, mix in and garnish with sliced omelette.

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