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Beef Chow Mein Noodles

Hubby made my favourite dish today … Momma Tan’s noodles. It’s what’s for dinner and I’m satisfied!


  • 1 package thin chow mein noodles
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tbs dark soy sauce (also known as Asian cooking caramel and is thick as molasses)
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs garlic chili sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • (optional) 1 cup low sodium broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable) or substitute with warm water to make a sauce

Optional Ingredients

  • Broccoli
  • Baby bok choy
  • Green onions (diced)
  • Sesame seed oil


  1. Dunk chow mien noodles in hot tap water for 30 seconds, drain, rinse in cold water, and set aside.
  2. Blanch vegetables in hot water for 1 minute, rinse in cold water, and set aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce by adding combining sauce ingredients in a bowl:
    1. Light soy sauce
    2. Dark soy sauce
    3. Oyster sauce
    4. Chili sauce
    5. Broth or water
  4. Using a large frying pan on medium-high heat, pan-fry the ground beef.
    1. Add minced garlic once the ground beef is brown on the outside.
    2. Keep cooking until ground beef is dry.
    3. Add the sauce into ground beef. You can add more broth or water if you want more sauce.
  5. Add half the noodles to the sauce and mix thoroughly. Add more noodles as necessary if there is too much sauce.
  6. Add blanched vegetables.
  7. Serve on a plate and garnish with green onions.


You can drizzle the plate with 1 tsp of sesame seed oil to give it a toasty flavour. If you like it spicy, try a dash of Sriracha or garlic chili sauce on the side.

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