Beef Lo Mein
May 12, 2022
Chinese Noodles Recipes Tastier Than Takeout Wok
Beef and noodles are such an amazing combination, and this Beef Lo Mein is no exception! In my opinion, Lo Mein is one of the most versatile stir-fry dishes on the planet. You can make it with pretty much any vegetables you’d like, and in this case, super tender beef is paired with a medley of crisp vegetables and a savory sauce that is incredibly delicious!
I absolutely love making this dish when I have friends or family over, and every single one of them had said this is the best Beef Lo Mein they’ve ever had! The noodles are chewy and paired with the crisp vegetables and tender beef, and I’m so excited to share my recipe with you all!
Watch the Beef Lo Mein Recipe Video Below!
Prepare Your Vegetables
One of my most important tips for a successful Lo Mein is to prepare all your vegetables and ingredients ahead of time! The dish comes together so quickly in the wok or pan, so it’s important to have everything beside your stove and at your disposal so they can be added quickly!
Additionally, cutting your vegetables to similar size pieces is also an important note to keep in mind. Similar size pieces will cook evenly, and ultimately result in a dish that is easier to eat! I cut the carrot, onion, scallions, and cabbage into 1-2″ strips below.
Slice, Marinate, and Cook Your Beef
Slice the flank steak at an angle against the grain to create 1/4″ wide strips. Cutting at about a 45 degree angle will give the beef nice surface area, but keep it thin enough to cook quickly in the wok! Once the beef is sliced, marinate the strips with the following:
- Kosher Salt
- White Pepper
- Baking Soda
- Shaoxing Wine
- Light Soy Sauce
- Neutral Oil
A small amount of baking soda is used here as a tenderizing agent to the beef, while the oil and cornstarch help coat the beef to form a beautiful crust when it is cooked quickly in the pan. This is a process called velveting.
Add the seasonings and mix them well and marinate for 20 minutes, then fry them over high heat for 2-3 minutes until the beef is cooked through and set them aside!
My Key Ingredient Tips for Beef Lo Mein
My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish.
The #1 question I always get is which noodles do I use? My favorite brand is Twin Marquis for lo mein noodles – I find them in the refrigerated section at my local 99 Ranch!
One of the reasons why I love Lo Mein so much is you can put basically whatever you want in it! Feel free to add other vegetables like mushrooms, celery, and bean sprouts!
Feel free to leave this out if you prefer!
Bring the Dish Together in the Wok
Once the beef is removed, heat a few tablespoons of neutral oil into the pan and fry the chopped garlic for a few seconds until fragrant. Add your vegetables, season with salt, and cook for another two minutes, followed by the cooked beef, noodles and sauce. Mix together until the sauce has thickened (thanks to the cornstarch we added), then at the last minute, add the scallion greens and finish with sesame oil!
My Top Recipe Tips for Beef Lo Mein
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I love to add the cornstarch to the sauce to avoid having to add a cornstarch slurry at the end – this saves you both time AND an extra step!
CUT YOUR VEGETABLES!
I always recommend cutting your vegetables into similar sized pieces so they cook evenly – this little step makes a huge difference!
SUCCESS IS IN THE PREP!
Once you start cooking, this recipe will come together very quickly. The key to pulling this off successfully is having all of your ingredients prepped and in bowls right next to your wok or pan! Have your beef, premixed sauce, noodles, and vegetables ready and easily accessible during the cooking process.
- UNDERCOOK YOUR NOODLES: Don’t forget that the lo mein noodles will finish cooking in the pan! I always cook my lo mein noodles 1-2 min less than the package instructions call for. This way, they come to my preferred doneness by the time the dish is done in the pan!
- RINSE & TOSS IN OIL: After boiling, rinse the noodles immediately with cold water to stop the cooking. Shake them dry and then toss in a tablespoon of sesame oil to prevent the noodles from sticking while you prepare & cook the other ingredients.
Beef Lo Mein
- 1 lb flank steak
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tbsp neutral oil
Vegetables + Aromatics
- 1 carrot medium
- 3 cups cabbage sliced
- 1/2 cup white onion sliced
- 5 scallions greens and whites separated
- 5 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 tsp msg
Noodles + Oil
- 16 oz lo mein noodles
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp neutral oil
- Slice beef at an angle against the grain to ¼” thick strips and marinade for 20 minutes with the Beef Marinade.
- Cut the vegetables to ½” pieces and chop garlic. Set aside near the pan.
- In a bowl, mix together sauce by combining light soy sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, sugar, cornstarch, water, and msg. Set aside near the pan.
- Cook noodles 1 minute under package directions in boiling water, drain and remove.
- In a wok or large pan, heat 3 tbsp of neutral oil over high heat, fry beef for 2-3 minutes (in batches) until golden brown and cooked through.
- In the remaining oil over high heat, fry garlic for a few seconds until fragrant, then immediately add onions, scallion whites, carrot, cabbage. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
- Add back beef, noodles, sauce then mix to combine until the sauce has thickened. Add back the scallion greens, finish with a 1/2 tsp of sesame oil, mix and enjoy!
Love ❤️ This Receipt. I could eat it all day . It was a hit , Thanks for sharing it ..
Hi Joanne – I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Wow. This was hands down the best Asian dish I have ever made. Followed your recipe to a T and everyone at the table was impressed. Thank you CJ for enabling a white girl to cook really good Asian cuisine!!! 😆 really amazing!!!
Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
You’ll never need takeout again. The flavors were exactly what we were looking for, it was not overly salted and had significantly less oil than the local place serves. It’s also incredibly easy to make. Thanks CJ!
I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks, Carly for the kind words!!
Your recipes always say watch the video…but where’s the frikkin video?? 🙂
The videos are always toward the top of the post!
I’ve made this 2x already and it was great both times! Love your recipes!
Thank you so much! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!
I have been trying different recipes of lo mein for probably a decade and it was never the same as what I expect from my best take out place. THIS RECIPE IS THE END ALL. I have stopped my search. This is it. It is perfect. I used dry sherry instead of the shaioxing wine because stores around here don’t carry it. I added the msg. The beef was velvety and tender thanks to the baking soda, the noodles were sticky and caramelized, and the vegetables weren’t overworked. Thank you! Can’t wait to try your chicken lo mein recipe.
You are too kind! Thanks, Andi and I hope you enjoy the chicken lo mein recipe as well!
Wholly yum! I made this for dinner and it was amazing. My grandson, he is 2, helped make it and loved it. Thanks for another great recipe.