Beef and Vegetable Lo Mein
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
For the Lo Mein
  • ¾ pound lo mein noodles (My local grocer carries these, but you can also use spaghetti or angel hair pasta, if you are so inclined)
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound beef, thinly sliced (I used top round, but any cut will do, but be sure to pound it out if it's a tougher cut)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small bunch of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces (or any other green vegetable that you like)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (the red is for color, but green or orange will work just as well)
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, minced well
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced well
  • 1½ teaspoons chili paste (you can find varieties from mild to very spicy - pick your poison)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • scallions, sliced thinly (for garnish)
For the Sauce
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Heat your pan over high heat and add in your canola oil and sesame oil. When the oil is hot, sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper, then add in your beef slices in batches to the pan, searing for only 30 seconds or so on each side. When finished, place the beef on a separate plate until ready to use. Be sure to do this in batches so that your meat sears and doesn't just steam (steaming happens when the pan is overcrowded - it makes for tough meat).
  2. This is a good time to start boiling your water for your lo mein noodles. Add your bell pepper and broccoli to your pan with a bit more oil and lower the heat to medium-high. Saute for 8-10 minutes, until the bell pepper begins to soften and the broccoli is cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside with the beef (you can place it on the same dish as the beef, if you like). Add in a bit more oil and add in your shallots. This is a good time to start cooking your lo mein noodles in boiling water (cook according to its package directions). Saute your shallots for 5 minutes or so, until translucent, then add in the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. When your noodles are ready, strain them and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add the noodles to your hot pan with the shallots and garlic. Pour your beaten eggs over the noodles and toss until the egg starts to cook, then add in the beef, bell pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms. Whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour over everything, tossing to combine. Make sure that everything is heated through, divide into bowls, and top with scallions.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2011/09/08/beef-and-vegetable-lo-mein/