Beef Chow Mein (Kai Se Min)

    40 min

    My mum's chow mein recipe which has been slightly adapted... Lovely comfort food! Beef mince, cabbage, noodles and soy. This serves 2 people usually with some leftovers which heats well in the microwave.

    Samantha's Supper

    Kent, England, UK
    31 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • groundnut oil for frying
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 250g lean beef mince or pork mince
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 pinch each ground coriander and cumin
    • 1 heaped teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
    • 1 sachet dry chicken noodle soup
    • a few glugs soy sauce (Kikkoman in the small glass bottle with red lid works best)
    • 1 knob butter
    • 1/2 savoy cabbage, finely shredded
    • 2 packets 3 minute noodles

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil in a wok or deep frying pan on medium heat and add the onion. Fry for about 5 minutes until slightly softened then add the mince. Stir well to break up any lumps and brown. Add the seasoning, coriander, cumin, five spice and ginger. Cook for a few minutes more then add the dry soup sachet and a good splash of soy. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, prepare the noodles and cabbage. In a lidded saucepan melt the butter then add the cabbage. Add approximately 100ml water, and stir well. Replace the lid and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes. Break up the noodles and boil for 3 minutes then drain and add to the meat mixture. Drain the cabbage and also add to the meat. Stir really well to combine and cook for 5 minutes.
    3. Serve with extra soy sauce on the side and add to taste.

    Make ahead

    Just as nice made 24 hours in advance and re-heated.

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    Reviews in English (3)


    Amazing!!!  -  27 Feb 2014


    Lovely. Used pork leftovers and a chicken stock cube instead of mince and chicken soup packet (as it was all I had). But it was still delicious.  -  18 Jun 2016


    I used some beef strips instead of mince. Went down a treat even splitting it between 3 people was very filling.  -  18 Dec 2016