Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fried Rice Noodles With Beef 乾炒牛河

This is another one of my favourite noodle dishes, sadly I haven't managed to find a good plate of this Cantonese classic anywhere in Melbourne just yet. As you can see this is a very simple dish with only 4 main ingredients but also a dish that can go so wrong in so many ways. Follow these few simple rules and you'll be dishing out plates of this delicious fried noodles time and time again;
1. Very hot wok and cook in batches.
2. Bean sprouts to be topped and tailed, this elevates the dish from being pedestrian to elegant.
3. Use good quality beef and DO NOT attempt to marinate the beef with soda powder*
4. Use thinner spring onions if possible and cut them into lengths similar to the bean sprouts.
5. Be careful not to break up the noodles too much during cooking.
P.S Soda powder is widely used to tenderise cheaper cuts of meat in Asian restaurants.

recipe per serve
you'll need;
200 g of fresh rice noodles (wide), loosen and mix with a dash of dark soy
100 g of beef fillet, sliced across the grains, marinated with dash of soy, Chinese cooking wine, sugar and a little corn flour
a handful of bean sprouts, topped and tailed*
4 spring onions, cut into lengths similar to the bean sprouts
dash of light soy
dash of oyster sauce
dash of white pepper
* topped and tailed bean sprouts are refer to as 銀芽 (yin ya) or silver sprouts

This is a very important stage, cosmetic reason aside it also gives the dish a much nicer mouthfeel.

Prepare the ingredients and have everything close by as the whole cooking process will take less than 10 minutes.

Char noodles on high heat til a little char.

Heat up the wok again, sear the beef for 30 seconds on high heat then add in the spring onions, continue to saute for a further 30 seconds.

Return noodles to the wok, mix everything well and add seasonings. Continue to fry for a minute, be careful not to break up the noodles too much.

Finally chuck in the bean sprouts, mix well and cook for a further 30 seconds. Check for seasonings.

Serves immediately with cut chillies and soy.


  1. Flat rice noodles! I seriously miss them! One of the dishes I must have when I eat in Cantonese restaurants! Yours is definitely better!

  2. I love this dish too, it looks very good!
    I am not a big fan of meat tenderized with soda powder too!

  3. WOW this got to be my all time are you my friend , feeling much better ?

  4. Your rice noodle seasoned with soy and oyster sauce... just moreish :)

  5. This looks so delicious. I'm so hungry too....i could eat a huge plate of this!

  6. Thanks for all the tips! I am going to impress my friend from HK once I have mastered this dish!

  7. I live alone so I am always looking for simple recipes like this. You have a great blog!


  8. Mmm I love those wide noodles. This dish reminds me of my favorite dish I get at a Thai restaurant in town. Looks so delicious!

  9. favourite too. I just had it last week. Do you cook Hor Fun? I really like that too but haven't tried it myself yet. My children like it very much. I think you have yo cook that for me, too :P

  10. I love this dish too! But I always have problem frying this, they tend to stick together or just break =(

  11. The noodle dishes on offer here is better than any noodle shop. I always have problem frying fresh rice noodles so I am going to try your method next!

  12. thank you tummy..makcik banyak belajar& ambil petua dari blog anda cara-cara nak goreng rice noodle ni...memang berjaya dan sangat berpuas hati:)

  13. Wat a tempting dish, am drooling rite now here..

  14. Beef ho fun is a classic that epitomises the concept of 'wok hei'. But like many a classic, it's hard to pin down a good one when eating out be it in Melb or London so it's great to see your recipe!

  15. Harriet from CarltonMay 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    You are cooking such a wide range of food, I have learnt so much from your blog. Now I am able to cook authentic Asian fares at home, thank you!

  16. nice! I think you can cook anything and everything! I've bookmarked this recipe :)

  17. Hey, young man, if you have Ipoh taugeh, then no need to pluck off the tails, saves a lot of time. Those Mekong flat noodles look yummy, think they're chewy. Your 'ngau yoke hor' looks so tempting!

  18. un plat appétissant j'adore les nouilles
    bonne journée

  19. salam tummy.the dish looks yummy..i must try one of these days..thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Hy Tummy,
    I just can't take my eyes from the fabulous clicks..Awesome recipe...Looks very very tempting.Pass me some...

  21. Angie,
    Thank you! Something we used to order all the time too.

    Thank you very much!

    Thank you very much! Feeling much better now!

    the lacquer spoon,
    Thank you very much!

    Haha thank you very much!

    rosa ,
    I hope you are able to impress him or her.

    I am glad you find my blog useful!

    Thank you! I have a few Thai noodle dishes using the same noodles, have a look.

    I have wat dan hor which is similar to hor fun but with added egg :)

    Try my method, it always work :)

    Yasmin ,
    Thank you very much, please do!

    Saya amat gembira sekali mendengar pujian makcik tu :).

    Thank you very much!

    Mr Noodles,
    Thank you very much! sometimes I wonder how hard is it to do it right in any restaurant?

    Harriet ,
    Thank you! I am very pleased to hear that!

    Haha thank you very much! I can bake lol. Do try it soon!

    Thank you :) Unfortunately we can't get Ipoh taugeh here :(
    This brand is not the chewy type :)

    Merci beaucoup! :)

    Salam makcik.. Terima kasih banyak banyak. Please try it soon.

    Thank you very much! Anytime! :)

  22. hi tummy... sukerrr sgt ngan kue tiew goreng! but tgk ur recipe very easy n simple! leh try one day..thanx tummy!

  23. Oh..I have not cook this for a long time. Looks so delicious and thanks for reminding.

  24. Those flat wide rice noodles look so good! I would love to make this, thanks so much for the recipe!

  25. I also love this dish. Your version is just gorgeous to look at. I'll have to give it a try.
    I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  26. Mmmm, this dish looks super tasty! Ha - topped and tailed bean sprouts *shudder* When I was a kid, this was my "job", I hated it! Always complained it was so boring to do :) Now I just tail them, I figure the heads contains vitamins :P

  27. flat noodles!! my favorite! yours look so delicious I just want to reach my chopsticks into the screen~

  28. Love the noodles. Such a light dish and yummy!
    Thanks for your awesome recipes.
    Betty xx

  29. Yes! Another great noodle dish. I could eat noodle dishes all day. This one looks delicious.

  30. I managed to make it here AFTER my dinner today... I read your whole post without dribbling on the keyboard. YAY

  31. Awesome clicks of noodles dish..

  32. Tes recettes semblent toujours délicieuses.
    A bientôt.

  33. hana,
    Sama sama, cubalah kalau ada masa!

    Thank you very much!

    5 Star Foodie ,
    Thank you! I hope you will try it!

    Thank you very much! please do!

    Thank you! I used to be able to buy them already topped and tailed at the Chinatown market in Singapore. Boys were not allowed in the kitchen when I was little so didn't get to do such exciting task lol.

    mr. pineapple man ,
    Haha thank you! Please do!

    Betty ,
    Thank you very much! It is a nice light dish for one xxx

    Thank you! I think I might do a noodle week lol

    Eternally Distracted ,
    Haha good decision :)

    Jagruti ,
    Thank you very much!

    Nadji ,
    Merci beaucoup :)

  34. This looks so good! I am going to try making this tonight, what cut of beef should I get? Thanks.

  35. I can claim to be quite good with rice noodles now after trying out most of your dishes using them. This won't be a problem for me lol.
    This looks very good! I don't like the beef from Chinese restaurant, now I know why!

  36. Another delicious dish using rice noodles. The little one love rice noodles so this is perfect for us. Thanks buddy!

  37. This looks so much better than what I had a few days ago...the sprouts were not topped and tailed and the beef was certainly been tenderized by soda powder!


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