Dad’s simple soy sauce fried noodles with beef and onion recipe that can be made in 15 minutes that’s flavourful! My ultimate childhood comfort food πŸ™‚

This is a childhood meal I used to beg my dad to make me all the time. There are so many memories around this dish that really warms my heart up just eating it.

 

Traditionally, family dinners would always be together at the table, with no TV. It’s family time. Having dad’s beef and onion soy sauce noodles however meant cozy dinner time in front of the TV with mom and dad while watching Star Trek or X-Files. It’s one of my fondest food memories as a kid, which is why it makes this recipe so close to my heart.

 

Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

 

Now that I’m somewhat grown up, I appreciate the simplicity and amazing flavours of this quick recipe on a different level. You can literally whip this up in 10 minutes and would you believe it uses spaghettini? You may use any type of noodles in its place but there’s something about the slippery texture of the spaghettini that gives this dish a wonderful texture and flavour.

 

INGREDIENTS

All ingredients should be available at your local grocery store.

 

Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

 

For the cut of beef, I would say you can use any cut of beef. It will be sliced thinly so you don’t need to worry too much if it’s a tougher cut of meat. My dad used to use flank steak in his recipe, but I found that a bit on the pricier side so we used ‘steak tails’ which are essentially a sirloin which was inexpensive but very flavourful.

 

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

 

Boiling the Spaghettini

  1. Follow the directions of the pasta package to cook the pasta but subtract 1-2 minutes from what they suggest for al dente firmness. (You will be frying it up with the beef and onions in a frying pan later which will cook it a bit more so you don’t want to over cook the noodles.)
    Tip #1
    : Do not add salt to the water for boiling the pasta. You will be using a sauce to stir fry the noodles and you don’t need the extra salt from cooking the pasta – it will make the pasta extra salty which is not what we want.
  2. Once the noodles are done, pour it into a strainer and lightly rinse it with cold water and set aside. (I know what you’re thinking. Rinsing pasta is a no no right? Traditionally yes I would agree with you since you want to keep the starches but for this case we don’t want the extra starches on our noodles :))

 

Preparation of the Meat & Onions

  1. Cut the onion in half, and then slice it into thin slices.
    Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles
  2. Combine the dark soy, light soy and sugar into 1 bowl.
  3. Cut the meat thinly against the grain and put it in a bowl.
  4. Add 2-3 teaspoon of the sauce with 1 teaspoon of corn starch (optional) on the sliced meat and mix it and set it aside.
    Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

 

Frying it Up!

  1. In a frying pan (preferably non stick pan), add 2-3 tablespoons of oil and set it on high heat and wait until it is hot.
  2. Add in the onions and cook it for 3 minutes until soft and golden.
  3. Add in the beef and cook it for 3-5 minutes until it looks done.
  4. Add in the spaghettini and add the sauce on top everything and cook for 2-3 minutes until everything is nice and brown and evenly mixed.
  5. Enjoy! πŸ™‚
    Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

Hope this recipe makes its way into your home! It is definitely a staple here. You can use this recipe with a variety of different vegetables as well to switch it up a bit but we found that the simplicity of the sweet soy sauce with the caramelized onions and beef was too delicious to mess with! πŸ˜€

 

If you have ideas or made this dish show us with #pupswithchopsticks so we can enjoy some yummy eats too! We’d love to see it!

 

Happy Eats!

Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

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Beef & Onion Soy Sauce Noodles
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A simple beef and onion soy sauce noodles recipe that can be made in 10 minutes that's flavourful with wonderful textures.

Course: Main Course, Noodles
Cuisine: asian
Servings: 4
Author: Pups with Chopsticks
Ingredients
  • 500 gm beef (steak of any cut, thinly sliced)
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 onions
  • 450 gm spaghettini (approx. half a pack)
  • 1 tsp corn starch (optional)
Instructions
Making the Spaghettini
  1. Follow the directions of the pasta package for al dente pasta, but subtract 1-2 minutes from what they suggest. We will be cooking this again in a frying pan so we want to under-cook the pasta. (Do not add salt to the water when making the pasta)

  2. Once the noodles are done, pour in into a strainer and lightly rinse off the extra starch and set aside

Preparation of the Meat and Onions
  1. Cut the onion in half and slice them into thin slices

  2. Combine the dark soy, light soy and sugar into 1 bowl

  3. Cut the meat thinly against the grain and put it into a bowl

  4. Add 2-3 teaspoons of the sauce with 1 teaspoon of corn starch (optional) onto the sliced meat and mix and then set aside

Frying it Up!
  1. In a frying pan (preferably a non-stick), add 2-3 tablespoons of oil and set it to high heat and wait for it to get hot.

  2. Add in the onions and cook it for 3 minutes until soft and golden

  3. Add in the beef and cook for 3-5 minutes until it looks done

  4. Add in the spaghettini and then add the sauce mixture on top of everything and cook for 2-3 minutes until everything is nice and brown and evenly mixed

  5. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Recipe Notes
  • Do not add salt when boiling the pasta, we will be using a sauce to flavour the pasta when we stir fry it and adding salt to the water will make the dish overly salty.
Soy Sauce Beef and Onion Fried Noodles

 

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14 thoughts on “Beef & Onion Soy Sauce Noodles”

  1. Wow. Umami bomb. Nice, simple and delicious. And fast. Absolutely no need to compromise on dinner on a busy night with recipes like this! I love a good, quick, stir fried beef and noodle dish. What are steak tails exactly? They look really good in your pics but I’ve never seen anything with that name around here.

    Fabulous pics as always. Sitting here wanting dinner at the breakfast table…

    1. The cool thing about this recipe is, you can make extra pasta and then do it again the next day in 5 minutes! πŸ˜€ haha Don’t quote me on this, but from what I’ve been told it’s essentially a sirloin steak, but it’s called steak tails because of the unique way they cut it (it isn’t cut into a steak shape, but rather a long tail shape). I eat leftover dinner for breakfast all the time, is that bad? hahaha πŸ˜€

  2. This quick beef fried noodle recipe looks perfect! I love how few ingredients are combined quickly to create a delicious comfort food. I’ll definitely give this a try soon, my daughter super loves soy sauce, I’m sure she’ll love this! Thanks!

  3. there’s something about cornstarch-ed meat that is so comforting to me. it’s so tender and that slight chemical taste (which sounds bad when i put it like that sigh) is pure childhood to me. paired with glossy soy sauce noodles and i am a (happy) goner.

    1. Yeeaaaap haha I know exactly what you mean. What’s funny is I just love eating the noodles and give the beef to everyone else haha πŸ™‚

    1. I know right? I love noodles, and spaghettini are noodles too! Dad is such a clever dad. haha πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Maria! πŸ™‚ Yes this would work wonderfully with chicken! and if you want to go the vegetarian route, you can even use mushrooms.

  4. Joyce!! This is like one of my favorite dishes EVER!! I always order a similar noodle dish at a nearby super authentic Chinese place with questionable cleanliness. Now I don’t have to worry about the questionable cleanliness part because I can make it at home!! YES!! This recipe looks perfect and so easy to make. Thanks, Joyce!

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