Takeout may be easy, but it's nowhere near as fun as making dinner yourself. Tonight, pick up a package of bean threads or rice noodles and treat your family to the taste of authentic Asian takeout with this speedy stir-fry made at home.
3 oz. bean threads (cellophane noodles) or thin rice noodles
1/4 cup canola or peanut oil
3 Tbs. soy sauce
1-1/2 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
1-1/2 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 Tbs. light brown sugar
1/2 lb. flank steak
1 small zucchini (about 6 oz.), halved and thinly sliced crosswise into half circles
1 cup matchstick-cut or grated carrot (1 large carrot)
1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced crosswise into half circles
1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds
Tip:Traditionally, the noodles for this Korean favorite are made of sweet-potato starch, though bean threads or thin rice noodles are also fine.
Bring a 3-qt. pot of water to a boil. Add the bean threads or rice noodles, remove from the heat, and let sit until just softened (they should still be plenty toothy), about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse well under cool, running water. Toss with 1 Tbs. of the canola or peanut oil, and spread out on a tray or large plate lined with paper towels.
In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Trim the beef of excess fat and slice it thinly across the grain. Cut the slices into 2-inch pieces. Season the beef with salt.
Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the canola or peanut oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or large stir-fry pan over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until it loses most of its raw appearance, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large plate.
Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. oil and the vegetables to the pan. Cook, stirring, until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the beef and the noodles. Stir the soy mixture and drizzle it over all. Cook, tossing until everything is evenly coated with the sauce and the vegetables are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the sesame seeds.
Start the meal off with tasty Kimchi Pancakes.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on four servings;
sat fat g
Photo: Scott Phillips