Spicy Chili Beef with Cilantro Fried Noodles
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Spicy Chili Beef with Cilantro Fried Noodles

This awesome dish will make any special occasion even more special! The beef and carrots will get a delicious glaze, and combined with all the ginger, garlic and goodness, this will be a winner.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Dish, Special occasion
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Servings: 4 hungry people


Chili Beef

  • 520 gr Beef cut in strips
  • 5 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 Oranges zest only
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp potato flour
  • 5 carrots preferably large, julienned

Chili Sauce

  • 200 ml rice wine vinegar
  • 150 gr caster sugar
  • 5 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 chilis finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 90 gr ginger finely chopped

Fried Noodles

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil such as canola or sunflower
  • 90 gr ginger finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 6 spring onions chopped
  • 400 gr egg noodles 5-6 cups
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon juice only
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 5 tbsp cilantro chopped


Chili beef

  • It's really important that you cut, shred and measure all the ingredients beforehand
  • Fry the Sichuan peppercorns until fragrant and using a mortar and pestle, crush the peppercorns to dust. Mix with the orange zest, salt and potato flour.
  • Cut the beef into strips and mix it with a little bit of oil (e.g. sunflower) before you mix it with the Sichuan and orange goodness.
  • Fry the beef strips around 2-3 minutes in 170-190C. Place them on a paper sheet to dry.
  • Fry the carrot strips, for 1-2 minutes. Be careful, as the water in the carrots tend to make a war with the hot oil.

Chili sauce

  • Next, I would suggest putting on the water for the noodles and cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Run cold water on them afterwards and drain them.
  • Heat a teflon pan to medium, pour in the rice wine vinegar, sugar and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Throw in the chili, chili flakes and ginger and boil until the mixture has thickened, maybe around 5-7 minutes.
  • When the sauce has thickened, add in the beef and carrots.

Fried noodles

  • While this is thickening, begin with the fried noodles. Heat a pan with oil to medium heat. Fry the ginger for around 2-3 minutes and then add in the ginger for around 30 seconds (or until that delicious smell hits your nostrils).
  • Add the spring onions and give it a good stir before you add in the noodles. Pour in the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and lemon juice and mix well. Add the sesame seeds and cilantro and fry for another 1-2 minutes.


Author: Stine Mari from Ginger with Spice
Recipe adapted from: BBC Food.