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Simple Beef Chow Fun noodles in a blue dish with wooden chopsticks.

Beef Chow Fun

Beef Chow Fun - Stir fried ho fun rice noodles with tender beef, bean sprouts, green onions coated in a simple but flavorful savory sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword asian recipes easy, chinese noodle recipe, chow fun
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 551 kcal


For the Beef Marinade:

  • 8 ounces about 1/2 lb flank steak or sirloin, trimmed of fat, very thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 pound fresh flat rice noodles strands separated (or 7 oz. dried wide rice noodles prepared according to package directions)
  • cooking oil
  • 4-5 green onions cut into thirds, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 medium white onion sliced thinly
  • 1 Tablespoon Chinese cooking wine I use Shaoxing
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dark soy sauce can substitute with gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for paleo-friendly version
  • 2-3 Tablespoons regular or light soy sauce can substitute with gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for paleo-friendly version
  • 1 teaspoon Mirin Japanese rice wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch white pepper optional but SO good
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red cabbage optional for color
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, soy sauce, sesame oil, starch, and black pepper. Or alternatively, add beef and marinade to a large zip-top bag - seal and shake. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare the noodles according to package instructions. If using fresh, separate the noodles into strands so they do not stick when frying. If using dry, once drained, drizzle with 1 teaspoon sesame oil and mix to combine to prevent sticking.
  3. Heat wok over high heat until you start to see smoke. Add enough oil to swirl around to coat the wok (about 1 tablespoon).
  4. Add beef and sear until just brown. Remove beef and transfer to a plate.
  5. Add more oil to coat the wok (about 2-3 tablespoons). Add ginger and garlic and saute for about 10 seconds. Add half of the green onions along with the white onions and continue cooking for another 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant.
  6. Add the noodles and spread into an even layer. Allow the noodles to fry for about 20 seconds (for a light toasty layer to form)
  7. Add the dark and light soy sauce and mirin and toss the noodles evenly. Add the beef back into the pan and toss to coat everything evenly. Taste and adjust with salt, pepper or more soy sauce if needed.
  8. Toss in the red cabbage (if using), bean sprouts and the remaining green onions and remove from the pan.
  9. Serve hot with a pinch of hot sauce or a dash of white pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Beef Chow Fun
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 1248mg52%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 103g34%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 10.3mg12%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.