Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowls Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Beef:

  • 1 lb flank steak (or sirloin), thinly sliced against the grain
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (use low-sodium for control)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For the Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (low-sodium)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (mixed with 2 tbsp water to make a slurry)

For the Stir-Fry:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper (any color)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets

For the Noodles and Garnish:

  • 8 oz dried ramen noodles (or rice noodles, udon, etc.)
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

Marinate the Beef:

  • Combine the sliced beef with soy sauce and cornstarch in a bowl. Toss to coat and let marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to a few hours in the refrigerator).

Make the Sauce:

  • Whisk together all sauce ingredients, except for the cornstarch slurry, in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Cook the Noodles:

  • Cook your noodles of choice according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Stir-Fry the Beef:

  • Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the marinated beef and cook in a single layer, stirring occasionally until browned (work in batches if needed). Remove the beef to a plate.

Stir-Fry the Vegetables:

  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp vegetable oil to the skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and broccoli. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender.

Assemble the Dish:

  • Return the beef to the pan. Pour the sauce mixture over the beef and vegetables. Bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook for 1 minute, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Add cooked noodles to the skillet and toss to coat everything in the sauce.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Divide the noodle mixture among serving bowls. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds (optional). Enjoy immediately!

Tips:

  • Customize It: Add other stir-fry vegetables like carrots, snow peas, or baby corn.
  • Spice It Up: Increase the red pepper flakes for extra heat.
  • Prep Ahead: Slice the beef and vegetables in advance for faster assembly.
  • Don’t Overcook Beef: Beef gets tough when overcooked, stir-fry quickly for tenderness.

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