Asian Pepper Steak with Noodles

I love Chinese food.  Maybe it’s because I’m Asian.  Or maybe because it’s something about the flavor combinations with the salty-sweet that I like.  Who knows.  But I’m always trying out new Chinese food recipes that I can make at home instead of ordering in a restaurant.  The problem with Chinese food in the restaurant is that they add MSG and extra sodium, which makes it taste good, but is not quite diet-friendly.

So I set out to make a pepper-steak recipe that I thought the kids would like since I added noodles.  I find if I add noodles to anything, the kids devour it.  This recipe is not only easy, but it’s fast too.  If you don’t count the cooking time for noodles, I think the whole thing comes together in about 10-15 minutes.

Start by making the marinade for the meat.  In a bowl, combine soy sauce, corn starch, mirin, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil and thai sweet chili sauce.

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Pour over thinly sliced steak.  I think I used two strip steaks (about 1.5 lbs meat)

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In a saute pan over medium heat, stir fry bell peppers and onions in olive oil.

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Meanwhile, cook noodles in a pot of boiling water.  I used fresh udon noodles.

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Add steak to the onions and peppers.  Continue to stir fry until the meat is cooked through.

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Add your fresh cooked noodles.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:
2 strip steaks sliced thinly (about 1.5 lbs)
1 medium onion – sliced
1 bell pepper (any color) – sliced
1/2 cup soy sauce (I like the low-sodium)
2 Tablespoons mirin
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon thai sweet chili sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
**If you like spicy, add a Tablespoon of Sriracha sauce…I didn’t add because I was cooking for the kiddos, but if I was cooking for KB…
12 oz fresh noodles – cooked
green onions and cilantro for garnish

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the meat marinade – soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, thai sweet chili sauce, sesame oil and corn starch.  Mix well and pour over sliced meat.  In a saute pan, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil and stir fry the onions and bell peppers.  Meanwhile, cook the noodles in salted, boiling water.  Add the meat to the onions and peppers and continue to stir fry until the meat is cooked through.  Add the fresh noodles and cook for about 2 more minutes until the noodles are coated with sauce.  Garnish with green onions and cilantro and serve.

Enjoy!

Caroline