Dad’s simple soy sauce fried noodle with beef and onion recipe that can be made in 15 minutes that’s flavourful! My ultimate childhood comfort food 🙂
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 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.
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.
All ingredients should be available at your local grocery store.
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
Boiling the Spaghettini
- 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.
- 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
- Cut the onion in half, and then slice it into thin slices.
- Combine the dark soy, light soy and sugar into 1 bowl.
- Cut the meat thinly against the grain and put it in a bowl.
- 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.
Frying it Up!
- 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.
- Add in the onions and cook it for 3 minutes until soft and golden.
- Add in the beef and cook it for 3-5 minutes until it looks done.
- 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.
- Enjoy! 🙂
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! 😀
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- 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)
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)
Once the noodles are done, pour in into a strainer and lightly rinse off the extra starch and set aside
Cut the onion in half and slice them into thin slices
Combine the dark soy, light soy and sugar into 1 bowl
Cut the meat thinly against the grain and put it into a bowl
Add 2-3 teaspoons of the sauce with 1 teaspoon of corn starch (optional) onto the sliced meat and mix and then set aside
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.
Add in the onions and cook it for 3 minutes until soft and golden
Add in the beef and cook for 3-5 minutes until it looks done
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
- 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.