Beef Chow Fun is a staple Cantonese dish that has tender stir-fried beef, wide chow fun noodles and vegetables. This delicious easy Chinese food recipe will come together in no time at all! Skip the take out and try cooking Chinese food at home!
November 1st will mark the end of our first year here in Wisconsin. Although it’s only been a year, it feels like a lot longer. Moving to the midwest right before our crazy long winter last year got me and kept me in the kitchen cooking… just to keep busy.
Shortly after the move, we quickly discovered that there are hardly any options for good Asian food here. I’m not complaining though… at least we have an Asian market and a Korean market, so I’m happy!!
Beef Chow Fun with Boneless Short Rib
And that trip to Asian Midway Foods on Park Street made this dish possible. Now, if I can find the ingredients for this here in Madison, Wisconsin at my tiny little Asian market, you can too. And, I was pleasantly surprised that my little Asian market had fresh chow fun noodles!! However, if you can’t find fresh, simply buy dry noodles.
What are chow fun noodles?
Chow fun noodles are wide, flat rice noodles. Unlike chow mein noodles, which are usually served crispy and on the side, chow fun noodles are typically wet and served along with the beef.
I’ve said this before but cooking Chinese food (or any Asian food) at home is so much better. You know exactly what’s going inside and you can tweak things to your preference.
Now, cooking beef chow fun at home isn’t going to be faster than ordering take-out, but it’s so worth it.
I have to say I am very pleased with how this Beef Chow Fun turned out. This Cantonese dish is very popular. Aside from the short ribs, there are chow fun noodles, known as hefen (wide rice noodles) and bean sprouts. It’s commonly found in yum cha restaurants in Guangdong and Hong Kong.
Also, you get to say CHOW FUN. How fun is that?! I’m all about using what you have at home so I threw in lots of Chinese cabbage and some bok choy, along with my bean sprouts. LOVED this. loved this. And once you have your veggies and beef cut up, it all comes together pretty quickly! I really hope you give this easy Chinese food recipe a try!
Beef Chow Fun
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil divided
- 8 oz boneless beef short rib sliced into about 1 or 1 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced
- 1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 4 scallions or green onions split in half lengthwise and cut into 3 inch pieces
- 2 to 3 cups bok choy chopped
- 1 to 2 cups Chinese cabbage chopped
- 12 oz. fresh flat rice noodles * if purchasing fresh noodles, separate the noodles as much as possible before adding in
- 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine Chinese rice wine
- 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 pinch granulated sugar
- salt and pepper to taste (if desired)
- 2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts
- Using a large wok or skillet over high heat, pour in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to coat the wok. Add the beef short rib and cook until browned. Remove the cooked meat from the wok and set aside.
- Turn the heat down to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to the wok, add the ginger and the minced garlic and let cook for about 15 to 30 seconds, then add the scallions. Mix and let cook for a minute or two and then add in the bok choy and Chinese cabbage and mix well, stir frying everything for about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat up to high and add in the flat rice noodles. Pour the shaoxing wine around the rim of the wok and add the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil, soy sauce, pinch of sugar, and season with a bit of salt and pepper to taste if desired (Taste the noodles before adding salt. Alternatively, you can skip the salt and pepper and add a touch more soy sauce if needed), mixing and combining everything really well. Lastly, add the cooked beef and bean sprouts, mixing everything really well for a few minutes, ensuring the noodles, veggies and beef are nicely coated with the sauce. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Adapted from The Woks of Life