Chinese Fakeaway: Vegetable Chow Mein & Sticky Beef Recipe

Chinese Fakeaway: Vegetable Chow Mein & Sticky Beef Recipe

I recently told Josh about the word ‘fakeaway’. Basically, just cooking something yourself that you would normally order from the takeaway. He loved the word and the idea, so with Chinese New Year coming up we decided to cook our own little fakeaway.

The sticky beef recipe was adapted from a recipe Josh’s step dad gave us for crispy beef. We couldn’t quite get the beef crispy enough so we quickly changed it to a sticky beef!

We’ve laid out the recipes separately for you below, however they can easily be made alongside each other at the same time.

Ingredients | Serves 2 | Takes 30 minutes

Sticky beef:

  • 300g beef steak, in very thin slices
  • 1 red chilli chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp white rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lingham’s chilli sauce
  • oil

Chow mein:

  • 500g of your favourite noodles, we used Singapore
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • sliced 100g button mushrooms
  • chopped 4 spring onions
  • chopped 1 handful of bean sprouts
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt and pepper

Method – For the Sticky Beef

  1. Mix the cornflour and five spice, toss with beef until fully coated.
  2. Heat plenty of oil in frying pan on medium/high heat. Fry the beef for 3-4 minutes, flipping regularly.
  3. Remove the beef from the pan and set to one side for later.
  4. Fry red pepper, spring onion and chilli for 5 minutes until softened.
  5. Add garlic and ginger and continue to fry for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, mix purée, soy sauce, chilli sauce, vinegar and honey.
  7. Pour sauce into pan, lower heat and reduce for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.
  8. Add beef back into the pan, coat in sauce and continue to reduce for a few more minutes.
  9. Season to taste.

Method – For the Chow Mein

  1. Fry pepper and mushrooms in a saucepan on medium/high heat with plenty of oil.
  2. Once softened, 5-6 minutes, add garlic and bean sprouts and fry for another minute or two
  3. Add stock, hoisin, soy, sriracha, sugar and sesame oil.
  4. Reduce for 6-7 minutes until almost no liquid remains.
  5. Add noodles, mix well and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.


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