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A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight!

you guysssss. these Asian beef and broccoli noodles are crazy easy and so good.

they remind me of my favorite Chinese takeout dish, beef and broccoli, but in a far quicker noodle version!

this is one of those recipes where you’re craving comfort food in the form of takeout but you don’t want to spend the money on takeout but you also don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen.

because when you’re hungry, you just want instant gratification.

while these Asian beef and broccoli noodles aren’t totally instant gratification, in about 25 minutes, you can have that gratification and that is something we can all get behind, no?

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

Can I use frozen broccoli?

You can.

You would skip the blanching step and just add the broccoli in when the beef is done cooking.

Can I use another cut of meat?

I would recommend chuck roast or a flank.

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

Can I use something other than rice noodles?

No

What is oyster sauce?

It’s literally a thick sauce made with oysters and soy sauce.

It’s a staple in Chinese cooking.

Can I omit it?

No, it gives this Asian broccoli and beef noodle dish a lot of flavor.

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

What if I don’t have sweet soy sauce?

You can add 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar to the soy sauce mixture instead.

What if I don’t have Chinese rice wine?

You can try mirin or dry sherry.

Why do I have to let the Chinese rice wine, arrowroot powder sit in a bowl with the beef?

My mom always did this. It helps tenderize the meat!

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

Can I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder?

Yes!

Why arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch?

I’ve grown quite fond of arrowroot powder because it’s less distinguishable in flavor than cornstarch.

I personally cannot taste cornstarch in my dishes but I know others have said they can so I have started switching over to arrowroot powder in recipes where I’m heavy-handed with cornstarch.

They’re both honestly interchangeable.

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

The thick sauce just coats this Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish so well.

We LOVE it and makes for a great weeknight meal.

Since 7 ounces of rice noodles is usually half the amount of noodles in a packet, you can make this twice or you can just double the recipe and add the entire package of noodles!

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

A take on the classic Chinese takeout dish but in a rice noodle dish! Super easy to make on a busy weeknight! This Asian beef and broccoli noodle dish is going to be your new favorite!

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Asian Beef and Broccoli Noodles

A creative take on the classic Chinese takeout but in a noodle dish!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Resting time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
Calories: 689kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the rest of the dish:

  • 3/4 pounds boneless short ribs, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • Splash Chinese rice wine
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 7 ounces rice noodles

Instructions

  • Mix together all the ingredients for the sauce then set aside.
  • Place the sliced short ribs into the a medium bowl and sprinkle the arrowroot powder on top. Gently toss to coat lightly then add the Chinese rice wine and mix again. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, bring a pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of water with ice then set aside. Once the pot of water has boiled, blanch the broccoli florets for 3-4 minutes then using a slotted spoon or strainer, scoop out the broccoli and put into the bowl of iced water. Set aside.
  • Keep the pot of water the broccoli was blanched in on a low boil.
  • In a large skillet or wok, add 1 tablespoons of vegetable oil then turn the heat on medium high. Add the beef to the skillet. While the beef is cooking, add the rice noodles to the water in the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes. They don't take long at all.
  • When beef is done cooking, add the broccoli then the sauce. Toss everything in the sauce then add the noodles straight from the pot of water to the skillet. It's okay if it's not 100% drained off of water. It helps it not stick together.
  • Toss everything together until ingredients distributed throughout. Remove from heat and serve.

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Notes

Nutrition Facts
Asian Beef and Broccoli Noodles
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 33g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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Melanie

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Ok - I need some help with the rice noodle part. Is there a specific brand of rice noodles that you like to use? Also, when looking to see what is offered at my local Texas store - - there is thin crispy looking rice noodles (that look nothing like your picture), straight cut wider noodles or, pad thai noodles. Any sort of guidance (or amazon link) would be greatly appreciated!!

Julie Chiou

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

that thin crispy looking rice noodle is called mifun and not for this recipe. i would use the straight cut wider or pad thai noodles!

Angela

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hi Julie, Would beef round stew meat work for this dish? That's all I have and hoping it'll be tender enough for this recipe. Thank you!

Julie Wampler

Saturday 11th of April 2020

It might end up being too tough. I don't really like using beef round stew meat in most recipes because I found that they end up being really tough!

Tinker

Monday 10th of February 2020

I enjoy reading your recipes very simplistic but tasty. Love your style of cooking.

Phoebe

Saturday 8th of February 2020

Can I replace sweet sauce with tomato sauce?

Julie Wampler

Friday 14th of February 2020

hmm no, that would not work in this situation

Cindy

Monday 25th of March 2019

Hi Julie! Really looking forward to trying this Asian beef and broccoli noodles!! Question for you .... if using the frozen broccoli as you mentioned vs blanching, after the beef is done cooking how long would I continue to cook the frozen broccoli with the meat prior to adding the other ingredients? Thank you!

Julie Wampler

Monday 25th of March 2019

I would cook it for another 5 minutes or so. I would defrost it ahead of time and then toss it in when the beef is done cooking. It won't take long to warm through!