Friday, February 19, 2016

Beef Lo Mein

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Beef Lo Mein is a quick and easy Chinese "Take Out" dish that you can make at home.  This Lo Mein is loaded with pasta, cabbage, onions, peppers and some jalapenos to spice things up. 


I love making my own Chinese "take out" at home.  I can have this Beef Lo Mein cooked and on the table in less than 30 minutes for sure.  That is definitely faster than calling in an order to my local Chinese restaurant and waiting for them to deliver it. 

The best part of making my homemade take out is I know exactly what went into the dish and I can save so much money!  I can serve this big pan of noodles to my family of four (with leftovers) for less than $10.  If we ordered from a restaurant one portion would cost that much and we would have to order four dishes plus make sure we had enough money for tax and tipping the driver.  I'm cheap... my kids just tip me with lots of hugs. :)   

If you love Asian style noodle dishes like lo mein, then you can make this dish any time as long as you stock your pantry well.  I always have loads of boxes of dried noodles and bottles of my favorite Asian sauces so I can cook right out of my pantry. I also never run out of fresh ginger because I freeze it and just grate it as needed in all my Asian dishes.  You don't even have to use special Asian noodles for this dish, I just used a box of regular linguine pasta.  This dish is just as good if you omit the meat completely.  

So make your own take out at home, once you realize how quick, easy and budget friendly it really is, you will never pick up that phone again.  


Beef Lo Mein
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

Ingredients:
16 oz box of noodle style pasta (I used linguine)
1lb beef sliced into thin strips
2 Tbs grated fresh ginger
2-3 cloves garlic finely grated or minced
3-4 cups sliced white cabbage
2 bunches of green scallions
1 cup of sliced sweet peppers or bell pepper
1-2 jalapenos sliced
1 large white onion sliced 
2 tsp toasted sesame oil

Sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs oyster sauce
1 Tbs Hoisin sauce
1-2 Tbs sambal oelek

Directions:

Step 1:  Cook pasta in salted water until 90% cooked through. Drain. 

Step 2: Heat 2 tbs canola oil in large wok style pan.  Add beef and brown.  Season with some salt and black pepper.  Then add ginger and garlic and cook for another 30-45 seconds.

Step 3:  Add sliced onion, cabbage and jalapenos.  Cook for 3-4 minutes with beef.  Next add the chopped scallions (leave some green tops for garnish) and peppers.  Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Step 4:  Add sauce ingredients and cook for 3-4 minutes with beef and veggies.  Add cooked pasta and toss well.  Finally add sesame oil and toss well.  Serve hot and garnish with some of the green scallions tops.  Enjoy.

 

13 comments:

  1. Delicious!! I love a lo mein anytime of the day

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  2. Dear Ramona, this Looks absolutely terrific! Who needs takeout?!! Saving this for later. xoxo, Catherine

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  3. Oddly, I've started cooking Japanese food at home but not really tackled many Chinese takeout dishes, except egg fried rice which I have finally mastered. Lo Mein is one of my favourites so must try!

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  4. I absolutely LOVE Asian meals and this beef lo mein looks so good!

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  5. What a perfect weeknight dinner! Fast and flavorful and I'm loving all the veggies you have in there! And yes, homemade is always so much better than takeout :)

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  6. I just started loving Lo Mein. Like every time I cannot decide what to eat Lo Mein pops into my head and sounds oh so good. This is what I want for lunch!

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  7. I'm always on the lookout for healthier home-cooked versions of take out dishes and I'll admit beef chow mein is one I haven't quite mastered myself so thanks for sharing this recipe!!! One question...what's the difference between a lo mein and a chow mein?! By the looks of things they are pretty simillar...

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    1. Good question! I had to look it up myself. Here is what I found. :) http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chinesedishfaqs/f/lomeinchowmein.htm

      Hope that helps. :)

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  8. We love lo mein from our takeout place, but this looks even better!!

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  9. Oh boy, this looks sensational!! You've made me very hungry with your photos!!! LOVE!

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  10. delicious combination looks fabulous

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  11. This looks delicious! Even though I just ate breakfast, I would love a taste of this too!

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