Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

Vietnamese beef and rice noodles
Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

I made this Vietnamese beef and rice noodle stir fry for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! Michael and I went to United Noodles in Minneapolis this afternoon and stocked up on some groceries that we can’t easily find, along with some of the ingredients for this dish.

Although the ingredient list looks a little long, this is actually a very quick and easy meal to make. One of the keys to this dish is the paper-thin sliced beef (you could also use pork), because it cooks extremely quickly and has a lot of surface area for the sauce to coat it. If you’re slicing your own meat, you may need to slightly increase the cooking time.

Vietnamese beef and rice noodles
Serves 2-3
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza

For the stir-fry:

  • 1/2 lb of paper-thin sliced beef
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp of canola oil
  • 2 medium-sized heads of bok choy, diced
  • 3.5 oz of small mushrooms (I like enoki, bunapi, or oyster)
  • 2 green onions, cut into thin strips
  • Handful of fresh bean sprouts
  • 8 oz. of fresh rice noodles
  • 6-8 fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh cilantro

For the sauce:

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4.5 Tbsp water
  • 4.5 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce (I’ve successfully used Louisiana hot sauce as a substitute)

Place the thinly-sliced beef in a medium bowl and drizzle with 1 Tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil. Set aside to marinade for 5-10 minutes. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, heat 1-2 Tbsp of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced bok choy and mushrooms and saute for 4-5 minutes. Push the vegetables to the edges of the skillet and add the marinaded beef to the center of the skillet. Saute for 1-2 minutes, or until the beef is cooked through. Add the green onions and bean sprouts to the skillet.

At this point, cook the rice noodles according to package directions (i.e. add to boiling water for 10 seconds). Drain the noodles and immediately rinse with cold water to prevent sticking. Add the noodles to the skillet with the beef and veggies. Pour the sauce over the noodles and use tongs to gently combine all ingredients. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce is heated through.

Garnish each serving with fresh Thai basil leaves and cilantro. Enjoy!

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