Thai Beef Noodles ~ Quick and easy Thai inspired stir fry guaranteed to make your toss your take out menus.By now my love of Asian food is well documented. I was recently asked “If you can only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would you pick?” I thought for a really long time. This was tough, truly tough, because I like so many dishes, so many cuisines. I was pressed for an answer. Then like the true smart aleck I am and answered confidently “American.”
Now eyes began rolling. Weak! Boring! Serious?, were all there responses I got. But then I asked to to be allowed to explain. Since I was given the chance to, this is my explanation, since many of you are rolling your eyes too.
What is “American” cuisine? It’s simply the food of the country, and this country is built on immigrants. Therefore the fried chicken, mac n cheese and meatloaf are part of American cuisine. But so is the pasta, fajitas, curry, pad Thai, pho, ramen, crepes, bratwurst, and so on and so forth. All of these foods were brought here by the immigrant and are now part of “American” cuisine.
No one could argue. So yes, I copped out, but in the end, it is a true statement. Here in American we have a bit of everything, so this is the cuisine I pick. See, I’m tricky!
Now onto the dish!
Making this dish was pretty simple. One of the ingredients is lemongrass. I have never seen lemongrass in any of my grocery stores. I do have an Asian market in town, so I knew I could get it there. But then I thought about the rest of you, can you easily acquire fresh lemongrass? I decided to just make your life, and if I’m honest, my life too, easier and buy the already chopped lemongrass in the herb section of my produce department.
- 1 pound beefsteak; sliced
- 3 tbsp lemongrass
- 1 tsp dried ground ginger
- 3 garlic cloves; minced/grated
- 2 tbsp high heat oil
- 1 red bell pepper; sliced
- 1 green bell pepper; sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper; sliced
- 6 green onions, sliced
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 6 oz. green beans; trimmed
- 3 tbsp oyster sauce (use Gluten Free oyster sauce to make this dish GF)
- ⅛ tsp brown sugar
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- ⅓ cup salted peanuts; broken
- ¼ cup cilantro; chopped
- 12-14 oz pkg rice noodles; softened (see package directions
- In a large pan or a wok, heat the oil over high heat.
- Add the lemongrass, garlic, and ginger, stir.
- Once fragrant (just a few seconds), add the beef, cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the bell peppers and green beans and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the veggies reach the desired doneness.
- Add the oyster sauce, brown sugar, cilantro, and peanuts. Mix well. Cook together for another 2 minutes.
- A handful or scoopful at at time, add the softened rice noodles. Do not add the all the noodles at once because they will clump and you won't be able to get them apart easily.
- Serve and enjoy.