Spicy Szechuan Beef Noodles

Thin slices of tender beef cooked in a spicy sauce flavoured with Sichuan peppercorns, served with fresh noodles ,beansprouts and peanuts.

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I bought some beautiful new bowls and chopsticks this weekend, so I had to make something to serve in them!

Always choose a Szechuan beef when I get a Chinese takeaway, so I thought I would try to recreate something similar at home! I was very pleased with the result, the spicy savoury sauce coated the noodles perfectly, and it made a delicious stir fry!

This recipe is really quick and easy so would make a great mid-week meal!

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Variations: You could use chicken instead of beef, which would be equally delicious, or leave out the meat, and replace it with some big chunks of mushroom, for a veggie version!

Ingredients: Serves Two

  • 200g beef
  • 200g noodles
  • handful of beansprouts
  • fresh coriander
  • 50g peanuts
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 1tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 carrot
  • 1red pepper
  • 3tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp shaoxing rice wine

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To Make:

First get all the ingredients chopped and ready:

Finely sliced the beef, against the grain into thin slithers, set aside.

Finely mince the garlic ginger and chilli, then crush the Sichuan pepper into a fine powder.

Slice the onion, pepper and carrot into thin strips.

Heat 1tbsp vegetable oil in a large wok, until smoking. Stir fry the beef for 1-2 minutes until just cooked through and set aside.

Stir fry the garlic, ginger, chilli, onion and Sichuan pepper for a few seconds until fragrant, then add the peppers and carrot with the shaoxing rice wine, soy sauce and a splash of water.

Stir fry for a few minutes, until the veg is tender, then add the cornflour and a little extra water to form a thick sauce. (taste at this point to see if it needs more soy sauce or sugar!)

Transfer the cooked noodles, beansprouts and peanuts to the pan and mix thoroughly. Spoon the noodles into bowls and top with the beef, coriander and sesame seeds.

Serve while steaming hot, and enjoy!

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