Easy Beef Chow Mein

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Chow mein is one of the simplest Chinese dishes to learn and anyone can make it. Beef, noodles, vegetables and seasonings are combined to make this delicious dish – great for lunch or dinner.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) can beansprouts, drained
  • 7 oz (200g) soft noodles
  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) beef, cut into strips
  • 1/3 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 chopped carrot
  • 1/2 chopped celery stalk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • White pepper, to taste
  • 1 3/4 oz (50g) canned sliced bamboo shoots, drained (optional)
  • 1 sliced green onion, for garnish (optional)
  • Oyster sauce and sesame oil, to taste (optional)


  1. Stir-fry the beef, bell pepper, carrot and celery in 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok for 3 minutes, then remove to a dish.
  2. Add the rest of the oil to the wok and get it nice and hot.
  3. Add the noodles and beansprouts.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the beef and veggies back in, along with the bamboo shoots, and cook for 3 minutes more.
  6. Grind in some salt and white pepper, and add the soy sauce.
  7. You can also add a teaspoon or so of oyster sauce and/or sesame oil if you want.
  8. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes, then serve hot, garnished with green onions if liked.


  • Change the amounts of soy sauce and other seasonings if you need to, if you have used more vegetables or more noodles. Just use your judgement with quantities.
  • To liven your easy beef chow mein up, adding a few red pepper flakes works well.
  • If you don’t have white pepper, use black pepper (although white is more authentic in this recipe).

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