So one of the things about this blog is that some people have been saying that the recipes are too complicated. Okay, the feedback was from some friends who are non-cooks. But still…the comments gave me pause. So I think today’s recipe will definitely be classified as drop dead easy. Truly I wasn’t really in the mood for cooking today. I woke up with lasagna on my mind but it did seem like it would take longer than I wanted. (Yes, even people who love to cook also have off days).
Today I only had the immediate family to cook for and since we had eaten a steamboat lunch, I figured that we would not be in any shape for a hefty dinner. So it had to be a one pot meal.
I remember growing up that my mother was not a very inspired cook. In fact I remembered every Saturday after my parents finished their half day of work, we would come back to the same dish of fried yellow noodles. Now in the days when I loved noodles, I had pretty strict preferences. Kway Teow (flat ribbon-like) rice noodles were my favorite, followed by Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli) followed by thin yellow wonton noodles. I didn’t like fat yellow noodles. Period. I think it was because in the 1980s, people still added some kind of chemical to keep the noodles bouncy and I abhorred the faint chemical taste the noodles had. So it wasn’t surprising that I loved Ipoh Hor Fun or Beef Hor Fun; the only yellow noodle dish I actually liked was Hokkien Mee.
Once I went low carb the noodle thing got a bit complicated. Shirataki Noodles is most like Tang Hoon (mung bean or potato starch glass noodles) but is really low in carbohydrate count as it is made out of konjac which is a kind of seaweed. But I occasionally indulge in a shirataki/okara noodle (Kibun brand, sold in some Japanese supermarkets).
This zero carb noodle actually tastes more like noodle than any other I’ve had before. And so it’s the perfect noodle (to me at least) for most local noodle dishes. The shop I usually get the noodle from had run out of the hor fun noodle variety so I cooked with the yellow noodle instead.
Beef noodles are pretty much my family’s favorite given that everybody loves beef. I had some unevenly cut ends of a large ribeye roll I had bought from a group buy which was perfect for this stir fry dish. Most of these Singapore noodle dishes use corn starch or tapioca starch for thickening; the trick in low carb cooking is xanthan gum. It does a decent job of thickening up gravies as long as you furiously stir it after adding it so as to avoid weird meteor-shaped lumps.
So here is Singapore-style beef noodles. The prep to finish took less than half an hour which is why I am now having a peaceful time blogging next to 2 snoozing dogs.
Low Carb Beef Noodles
- 400 g sliced beef fillet
- 4 packets of shirataki noodles
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 knob of ginger (about 1-2 inches long), peeled and sliced thin
- 2 sprigs of spring onions, sliced into 2 inch lengths
- 1 bunch of Kai Lan, leaves only
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tsp Chinese wine
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 2 tbsp oyster sayce
- 2 cups chicken stock
- Egg white from 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 3 tbsp peanut oil
- Rinse the shirataki noodles and place into 4 separate bowls.
- Add the Add 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp Chinese wine, 1 tsp sesame oil and 1/2 tsp ground white pepper to the beef and marinate for 10 minutes.
- Heat up 2 tbsp oil in a wok over medium heat. Stir fry the beef till almost fully cooked (a little pink is fine as the beef will be added back in later). Set aside.
- In the same wok, add 1 tbsp oil, then stir fry the ginger slices for 30 seconds, followed by the garlic and spring onions till the garlic is fragrant and slightly browned.
- Add the chicken stock, remaining 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce and 1/2 tsp white pepper. Allow this to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the kai lan leaves and immerse in the simmering liquid. Drizzle the egg white and mix through the gravy.
- Sprinkle the xanthan gum over the gravy then stir vigorously. Allow the gravy to simmer another 2 – 3 minutes, and the gravy will thicken up.
- Add the beef back to the gravy, then pour over the portions of yellow shirataki noodles. Serve hot.