Welcome to the Year of the Horse … Crispy beef and broccoli noodles

Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year. Goodbye to the snake and welcome to the horse with celebrations for the next two weeks …

There are a number of Asian food stores on the island and I popped in to Mr and Mrs Wang’s store yesterday as they stock authentic asian ingredients and brands.


I love Asian food and when I am in Mr Wang’s store I feel that I am back in the Far East. It is no different and we are so lucky to have access to all these great ingredients on the island. Mr and Mrs Wang are from the North East of China and they have been living on the island for 13 years now. They are always so helpful and willing to share their knowledge.

We were fortunate to have a Chinese nanny when the kids were young. She was a wonderful cook and most of the Asian dishes I make are originally her recipes. I am making Crispy Beef and Broccoli noodles today. It is a much lighter version to the usual dish and I use a good quality minced beef and cook it until its crisp, therefore avoiding any additional flour, cornstarch or batter and everyone who has tried it loves it.


You will need :

2 tsp chopped garlic
1 spring onion or 1/4 onion, finely chopped
2 tsp chopped ginger
Pinch of sugar
Soy sauce, according to your preference
250g good quality ground beef
2 teaspoons fish sauce
200g broccoli, steamed and set aside, make sure you do not overcook them as you want to keep some texture
1 tablespoon sesame oil
A little vegetable oil for crisping the beef
Noodles of your choice, cooked according to instructions on packet. Do not overcook. I used cellophane rice noodles.

Heat a wok or a large frying pan until hot and add a little vegetable oil.
Add the minced beef, cook and stir constantly to avoid it sticking until it becomes crispy.
Drain in a colander so that you get rid of most of the surplus oil.

In the same wok add the garlic, onion and ginger and stir fry quickly without letting them brown.
Add the beef, the fish sauce and soy sauce and heat through. Add a pinch of sugar,
Add the cooked noodles and stir to combine the meat.
Finally add the steamed broccoli.
Add the sesame oil and stir through and finally drizzle some more soy sauce.
Serve immediately. This recipe serves 4 but of course it depends on the size of your appetite.


11 responses to “Welcome to the Year of the Horse … Crispy beef and broccoli noodles”

    1. Thank you so much Jueseppi !

  1. This looks really good! Just hope there is no horse in it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I look forward to making this recipe because I do not have a good Chinese restaurant in my area.I have a question about the meat. Is minced beef the same as ground beef in the US or did you mean finely cubed beef you do yourself? I have never seen ground beef used in beef and broccoli here.

    1. It is ground beef Jovina. Thank you for pointing it out. Although I have adapted well to American English, there is always much to learn… I am in fact changing it to ground beef in my posting …Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚ and hope you enjoy your noodles ….

      1. Every culture has its own terminolgy, so thank you for clarifying these ingredients for me.

  3. I haven’t had cellophane rice noodles in ages. Looking at your beautiful creation, now I am craving for it. How lucky to have had a Chinese nanny who could cook well too. One of my hopes for when I get old and need to be taken care of, is to have a nanny who cooks good Japanese food. ๐Ÿ˜€ )))

    1. Hello Fae, Ving our nanny was half chinese and half Filipino and was brilliant at preparing any type of Asian food. We were lucky to have her. Don’t think of getting old, it’s a long way away…. Live for the day !! xx

  4. Looks amazing, thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! Sauteed in Schezwan chilli sauce would be perfect, who’s up for Chinese tonight? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Absolutely, I do very often make it with chilli too, I adore spicy hot food, thank you for visiting !

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