Lo Mein with Beef
1/2 lb. fresh Chinese lo mein noodles
3 large dried black mushrooms
3/4 lb. flank steak
1 to 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 cup peanut, vegetable, or corn oil
1/2 cup shredded bamboo shoots
1/2 cup any kind of chopped cabbage
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1/2 cup chives, cut into 2-inch lengths
3 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
1. Drop noodles into a large quantity of boiling water — at least 2
quarts — and cook 3 1/2 to 5 minutes until tender. Do not overcook.
Drain and rinse well under cold water. Set aside.
2. Place the mushrooms in a bowl and add boiling
water to cover. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes or longer, then drain and
squeeze the mushrooms to extract most of their moisture. Cut off and
discard the tough stems and thinly slice the cap.
3. Place the meat on a flat surface and cut it across the grain into
the thinnest possible slices. Place the slices in a bowl and add the
oyster sauce, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Mix to coat meat
with the oyster sauce mixture.
4. In a wok or skillet, heat the 1/2 cup peanut, vegetable, or corn
oil, and when it is warm, not hot, add the beef and cook, stirring
constantly, about 1 minute. Drain the beef in a sieve-lined bowl and
keep the drippings; remove oil from wok and reserve.
5. Heat 2 tablespoons of this reserved oil in the wok to almost
smoking. Then add the bamboo shoots and mushrooms and cook,
stirring, over high heat about 15 seconds. Add the cabbage, sugar
and salt. Cook, stirring, about 1 minute, remove vegetables from
6. Add the beef drippings and an additional 3 tablespoons of
reserved oil to the pan. Turn the heat to high, and when hot add the
noodles. Cook, stirring, about 20 seconds. Add the bamboo shoots,
mushrooms, and light soy sauce. Cook about 15 seconds, stirring, and
add the chicken broth and dark soy sauce. Cook, stirring, about 8
minutes, then add the chives, bean sprouts, and beef. Cook,
stirring, about 2 minutes.
7. Add the remaining sesame oil, toss to blend, and serve hot.
Makes 4 servings.
Shun Lee Palace, New York, NY