Much as I love beef, I have never cooked it with noodles. I have had beef kway teow/beef noodles at the restaurant and I love it, but at home, nah...never tried.
It was Kak Azie's Mee Goreng Daging that prompted me to attempt my first ever fried noodles with beef. I have tried many recipes from Azie Kitchen and I have never been disappointed.
Just before the weekend I bought a packet of mee kuning (yellow noodles) from Jaya Grocer. While I was there, I chanced upon very fresh Vietnamese Basil. Ah! I have been looking for these, not to cook, but to plant. So I picked up two packets.
Then on Sunday, I bought 2 packets of pre-sliced beef. These were simply marinated with some oyster sauce and minced garlic. I found a small wedge of wilting cabbage in the fridge and this was soaked to revive and enlisted as an ingredient in my mee goreng.
Before I planted the basil, I removed most of the leaves (some I used to cook Thai style dish) and instead of wasting them, I decided to add them to my fried noodles.
The herbs made my mee goreng so aromatic. Well, overpowering actually because I put too much but since I love the herb, it was fine by me. You have to like Vietnamese basil to enjoy it like this or else you may end up feeling giddy from the scent.
I overdid the chili paste too hee..hee.. and my noodles were super duper hot noodles. Not a problem because I enjoy tear-inducing mee goreng pedas and enjoyed it to the max. Well, there goes another unscheduled cheat day. Tsk!
Beef Fried Noodles
Recipe source : Inspired by Azie Kitchen
- 1 packet yellow noodles (250g)
- 200g sliced beef, marinated with 1 tablespoon oyster sauce and 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon sweet soya sauce (kicap manis)
- 1 tablespoon chili paste (I used 2, too hot!!)
- some sliced cabbage
- a generous handful of Vietnamese basil (optional)
1. Heat oil in wok and sautee minced garlic until fragrant.
2. Add chili paste and fry until chili is cooked through.
3. Add marinated beef slices and stir fry until meat changes color.
4. Add some water to simmer the beef.
5. Add tomato ketchup and sweet soya sauce. Bring to a boil and add cabbage.
6. When cabbage is wilted, add the yellow noodles and stir fry to mix everything together.
7. Just before turning off the flame, add Vietnamese basil (if using) and stir fry until wilted.
8. Dish out and serve hot.