Chinese Recipes: Beef Hor Fun Noodles in 8 Easy Steps!
The first time I tried beef hor fun noodles was in the Bay Area. My now-husband took me on a date for Chinese food to this tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. (Aren’t they just the best?). He ordered two to-go boxes of food and we left. As we sat by the marina and ate I poked at the wide, flat noodles. I had never seen such a dish. Brown sauce coated every noodle and bits of bean sprouts poked out from in between the layers. I took one bite… and was absolutely hooked. “What is this?” I asked. “Chow fun!” he said grinning, “Isn’t it awesome?”. I had no idea how to make it, but I knew then that one day I would make that dish.
Fast forward to last night. The Manila Majors tournament finally began and what an exciting event it has been! I wanted to celebrate the start of the tournament with a dish that culminated a lot of hard work, and screamed of comfort food. And so, I made beef hor fun noodles. Well, I didn’t make the noodles. They are just pre-made rice noodles. But I did cook the beef and make the sauce! 🙂 That counts, right? Anyway, before I dive into the recipe let’s pause a moment and examine Chinese team LGD Gaming, for whom we honor this dish:
LGD Gaming is one of the oldest teams in DoTA 2 history. Coming from DoTA 1, this Chinese team has massive amounts of experience in the professional gaming scene. Their captain, Xiao8, has been to every Valve hosted event and thus has an enormous amount of experience and skill to lead his team to victory. Their carry, Agressif, has been called one of the best carries in the game and is known for his aggressive play style. With Evil Geniuses and Team Secret out in Day 1 of the Manila Majors it looks as this is the year that an Asian team will take the victory as the Manila Majors Champion! Will it be LGD Gaming? Let’s watch and find out!
And now, onto the cooking! I was so happy with the results of this dish. It felt like a culinary journey that ended with a beautiful (and tasty) walk down memory lane. These noodles are flavorful, simple, and just a touch oily. Not overly so that will leave your tummy hurting, but that succulent sesame oil taste that we look for in Chinese noodle dishes. I can’t wait to make this easy dish again and again. I hope you, too, give this recipe a try. Comment below and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear from you. Have an awesome day everyone and let’s get cooking!
Beef Hor Fun Noodles
For the Beef:
- 10 oz. beef tenderloin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons potato starch (you can substitute with 1 tbsp. corn starch + 4 tbsp. water mixed)
For the Noodles:
- 7 oz. thick dried rice noodles (also known as hor fun noodles)
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, finely sliced
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Step 1: Combine the beef and all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic and set aside for 15 minutes.
Step 2: In a large wok, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Drop in the rice noodles. Turn off the heat and set aside for 5 minutes.
Step 3: While the noodles are soaking, cut the beef into thin strips and season with salt and black pepper.
Step 4: Rinse the noodles in a colander and set aside.
Step 5: Pour 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the wok and begin the sear the beef for 5-8 minutes. (Note: if you want a crispy skin on the steak, reduce the cooking time to 3 minutes, then pop them on the grill for 3 minutes to finish). Remove from the wok and set aside.
Step 6: With a little oil remaining in the wok, add the onions and bean sprouts. Stir fry for 2 minutes to soften.
Step 7: Add the noodles back into the wok and then add in the soy sauce, salt, sugar, and sesame oil. Mix through the noodles gently. Then add the beef back into the wok and mix to combine.
Step 8: Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve hot and enjoy! 🙂