Friday, January 28, 2011

Beef & Broccoli with Baked Noodle Cake

Last night we made Beef & Broccoli with Baked Noodle Cake. It was good, but not outstanding, however it was easy to make and can also be done on the camper so its a keeper. I didn't do the baked noodle cake, it just seems so weird, but I'll try it next time I make it. I also used pork as I had some lean pork roast meat that I had picked up cheap for the dogs. I think I'll throw in some chinese chili sauce the next time to give it a bit of heat. I made 1/2 the recipe in some parts (pork & broccoli), but should have also reduced the amount of sauce, it was just too much. Mine didn't look anything like the photo as mine had way too much dark sauce (camera batteries were dead).

The recipe is from More Heartsmart Cooking with Bonnie Stern, so its good on a diet.

Beef & Broccoli with Baked Noodle Cake

You can use lamb, pork or chicken instead of beef, and you can use peppers, beans, celery or chinese greens in place of the broccoli.
Yields: 4 Servings

1/2 pound Angel Hair pasta or thin chinese egg noodles or spaghetti
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
3/4 pound Flank steak

1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Rice wine
2 tablespoon Water
1 tablespoon Cornstarch

1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
3 cloves Garlic finely chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh ginger peeled, chopped
6 Green onion chopped
1 bunch Broccoli trimmed & cut in 1" pieces (1lb)
1/2 cup Water

1 cup Chicken stock
2 tablespoon Oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Rice wine
2 tablespoon Cornstarch


1. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add noodles and cook until tender. Drain well and toss with sesame oil. Place noodles in lightly oiled 9" cake or pie pan.

2. Meanwhile, cut flank steak on diagonal, against grain, into thin slices (for easier slicing, freeze the meat for 20 minutes first).

3. To prepare marinade, in large bowl, combine soy sauce, rice wine, water and cornstarch. Add beef and marinade for 20 minutes at room tempreture.

4. Bake noodle cake in preheated 400F oven for 10 minutes. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes until slightly browned and crisp.

5. Meanwhile, to cook beef and broccoli, heat oil in wok or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until just coloured but not cooked through. Remove from pan and reserve.

6. Return pan to heat. Add garlic, ginger and green onions. Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add broccoli and water. Bring to boil, cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until broccoli is tender-crisp.

7. Meanwhile, to make sauce, combine stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine and cornstarch. Add to broccoli and bring to boil. Add meat and combine well.

8. Slide baked noodle cake out onto large platter. Spoon beef, broccoli and sauce over top.

 Source: More Heartsmart Cooking by Bonnie Stern

Cuisine :   Asian    
 Main Ingredient :   Beef, Broccoli

Cook chicken or pork through. For camping serve over rice or unbaked noodles.