Beef Lo Mein – No need for take outs ! Make this easy homemade Beef Lo Mein and serve within 20 minutes – perfect dinner on a busy week night.
All our Chinese restaurants have moved away from our area, either to the bigger malls or some have simply closed down, which is a shame as we love Chinese food.
On my mission to start making our favorite take-aways at home, I decided to give the Beef Lo Mein a try.
The vegetables turned out tender, yet still crisp. Just the way it is supposed to be and by my timing it took about the same amount of time as what we used to wait when we ordered in the restaurant.
No driving to and from the restaurant is also a bonus (we never had a Chinese restaurant delivering).
I know Spaghettini is not always available, at least not in our usual supermarket. Therefore I tried the recipe using Spaghettini as shown on the pics and also used plain old Spaghetti the second time.
To be honest, there was no difference in taste, but we all agreed that the thinner pasta made the Beef Lo Mein a little more Chinese.
You can play around with the quantities of the vegetables, if you prefer more Carrots, by all means, add more ! Or you might not like Sugar Snap Peas ? Try young Green Beans instead, makes the dish just as delicious.
As for the Beef, I use what we call “Minute Steaks” in South-Africa. The Steaks are already thinly sliced and about 5 centimeters (2 inches) in diameter, which I then slice in half.
The thickness of the Steaks are only around 5 millimeters, therefore the meat cooks very quickly.
By the time the pasta is ready, the Beef and vegetables should also be ready and you can mix things up, heat through and serve in under 20 minutes.
Beef Lo Mein
- 500 g Spaghettini ( 16 oz )
- 3/4 cup Beef Stock
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
- 2 t Brown Sugar
- 2 TB Sesame Oil
- 900 g Beef thinly sliced ( 2 pounds )
- 6 Spring Onions chopped
- 1 1/2 cups Carrots julienned
- 250 g Mushrooms sliced ( 8 oz )
- 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas
Cook the Spaghettini according to the instructions on the packet, drain and set aside
Combine the Beef Stock, Soy Sauce and Sugar in a small bowl – set aside
Heat the Oil over high heat in a large wok – add the Beef and stir-fry until done
Add the Spring Onions, Carrots, Mushrooms, Peas and the Beef Stock mixture to the Beef – stir-fry 5 – 8 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the Carrots and Peas are still crisp
Stir in the cooked Spaghettini and heat through
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