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Beef Chow Mein served with Prawn Crackers

John and Lisa have a simple yet stunning menu in their Weekend Kitchen today with 4 meals that can all be made in around 30 minutes. Here is John's Tasty Beef Chow Mein served with Prawn Crackers

Beef Chow Mein served with Prawn Crackers

Serves 4


  • 400g topside steak, or steak of your choice, thinly sliced

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp garlic paste 

  • 2 tsp ginger paste 

  • 2 handfuls of Chinese cabbage or bok choy, thinly sliced 

  • 2 carrots, julienned

  • 100g bean sprouts

  • 400g chow mein noodles or egg noodles, cooked & tossed in oil 

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 

  • 2 spring onions, sliced keeping the green & white separate

  • Sesame oil

  • Black sesame seeds

Prawn Crackers

  • 100ml vegetable oil

  • A handful of uncooked prawn crackers

Tip: You can also use shop bought prawn crackers if you prefer


1. Place the sliced steak in a bowl. Add the soy sauce and bicarbonate of soda and mix to combine. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

2. Heat a large frying pan or a wok, add the vegetable oil and when the pan is very hot, add the beef and fry.  Don’t move it around the pan. Let the beef sit so one side sears and gets crispy.  Then turn it all over to cook the other side. Add half the ginger and garlic, mix well and cook for another minute then add a good dash of sesame oil.  Put half the spring onion greens in for a further minute then remove the steak from the pan and set aside to rest. 

3. Place the pan back on the heat, add a little more veg oil if needed then add the white part of the spring onions, carrots, the rest of the garlic and ginger (you can use chopped garlic and ginger if you prefer - or the paste) and the Chinese cabbage.  Lay the noodles on top of the vegetables.

4. Add the soy sauce and chicken stock and continue to cook for two minutes.  Lastly, add the rest of the spring onion greens and the bean sprouts and toss the beef back through the noodles and continue to fry until everything is hot.  Then turn the heat off

5. Serve up your noodles into bowls and an extra sprinkle of sesame seeds.  

6. For the prawn crackers, heat the oil to 180℃ then carefully drop in two or three crackers, they will puff up and cook really fast as long as the oil is hot enough. Take them out, drain on some kitchen towel and repeat. Serve alongside your beef chow mein.

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