What is Beef Chow Fun?
Beef Chow Fun is a delicious, savory flat-pan rice noodle dish. This popular Chinese dish can be served in a variety of ways. Some variations may be slightly sweeter, while others may have a bit of heat. My Taiwanese mom’s version focuses on the aromatics from sherry wine, ginger, and sesame oil, and derives its saltiness from soy sauce and oyster sauce. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started creating recipes that preserve most of the original flavors while reducing the overall calories and carbs. In essence, I’ll be sharing my own twist on the recipe: low-carb Beef Chow Fun.
Where to Buy Shirataki Noodles?
If you want to buy shirataki noodles or konjac noodles that are flatter and wider, similar to chow fun noodles, here are the two brands I recommend:
- House Foods – Fettucini
- Kibun – Healthy Noodle
If you’re interested in trying shirataki noodles in general (available in a variety of shapes), you can purchase them at the following locations:
- My Amazon Storefront ( provide lots of recommendations here)
- Asian Grocery Store (usually Japanese, Chinese, or Korean Stores like Mitsuwa, 99 Ranch, H Mart )
- Large Chain Grocery Store – check by the tofu section
- Costco – sells the Kibun’s Healthy Noodles (call your local store first)
*Unfortunately, shirataki noodles are not yet available at Trader Joe’s. I also haven’t seen these konjac noodles at Hispanic and/or Middle Eastern grocery stores.
What Does Beef Chow Fun Taste Like?
If you are new to this dish, you may want to read reviews on Google and Yelp for authentic Chinese or Chinese-American restaurants in your city to try it first. As I previously mentioned, some dishes will be sweeter, saltier, or spicier, depending on the chef’s preferences. So try this dish at a few different places. You can also DM me @dashofting if you have any questions. And if you are worried about feeling bloated or heavy from dining out, check out my article for My Secret to Bloat Free Dining.
- 2 packages (8 oz each) House Foods Shirataki Fettuccini
- 1/2 lb of sliced flank steak
- 3 stalks of green scallion (sliced in 2 inches pieces)
- 1/2 cup of bean sprouts
- 1/2 thinly sliced middle size white onion
Steak Marinade Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp sherry wine
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp starch
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (optional)
- Rinse and boil the shirataki noodles for 5 min. Drain water from the noodles. Set aside.
- Marinade the beef with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sherry wine, and cornstarch. Let this sit for at least 20 min; I prefer to let my meat marinate overnight for maximum flavor.
- Saute the sliced onions in a pan with a tsp of vegetable oil or sesame oil for 5-7 min on low medium heat until it softens.
- Gently stir in the marinated beef with the onions in the pan for about 6-10 min on medium heat until it’s cooked medium rare.
- Add in the noodles, along with the stir-fry sauce, until all the ingredients are mixed together.
- Mix in the bean sprouts and green onions as the last-minute garnish before serving.
Leaner Tip: Substitute flour noodles with shirataki noodles to reduce recipe by ~200 calories per cup.