Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Broccoli-Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Noodle

Broccoli-Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Noodle

Just realized I haven’t post that many Asian or Chinese dishes on my blog.  You might see all kinds of breads, cookies, and desserts here.  But trust me, those are not what we normally consume everyday, although I have no problem with that at all…LOL.  On average, at least five out of seven days a week, I cook a traditional Chinese dinner, which includes steam rice and 1 to 2 main dishes that contains meat (or seafood) and vegetables.  I tend to make more simple dishes on the weekdays and perhaps make the more time consuming ones over the weekends.  Nevertheless, it’s still not a simple task to cook up 2 different dishes every night, let alone came up with new dishes to cook every day.

Broccoli-Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Noodle

Thanks to my son, our dinner menu has been changed quite a bit lately!  He is a big time noodle lover, really, any kind of noodles.  Whenever I serve noodle instead of rice for lunch or dinner, he sits down quietly and finishes his plate in no time.  So, we’ve been eating noodles and pastas more often, well, a lot more often lately!  Happy kids, happy parents, why not?!  :)  Now, this Broccoli-Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Noodle is one of the most requested dish in the house, beside spaghetti with meat balls and pink sauce.  It’s easy to make, delicious and very flavorful.  Of course, I have no problem cooking this, any day of the week.  Simply change up the protein and veggies and you got a whole new dish!  I used beef and ham here for the protein, you can substitute with shrimp, chicken, pork, squid or eggs.  Besides broccoli, you can use spinach, asparagus, carrots, enokitake mushroom, snow peas or bak choy for the veggies.  Why this dish is so delicious?  The secret is in the shiitake mushroom sauce and the noodle base seasonings.  Of course, I’ll include the recipe for you below.  After you try this recipe yourself, please kindly let me know how you like it.  :)  Once you’ve tried this recipe, maybe that would change up the dinner menu at your home, too.   

Broccoli-Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Noodle


Broccoli-Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Noodle:

Main Ingredients:
1 (14 ounce) package rice noodle
1/2 pound beef flanks, cut across the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices, then julienne to 2-inch long pieces
1 cup cooked ham, cut into thin strips
1 pound broccoli florets
10 pieces dried shiitake mushrooms, soak in hot water for at least 2 hours or over night
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
5 green onions, cut into 2-inch long pieces

Beef Marinate Ingredients:
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Shiitake Mushrooms Marinate Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
pinch of grounded white pepper

In a large stockpot, bring water to boil and blanch broccoli for a few minutes until crisp-tender.  Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon, set aside.  In the same pot, add the rice noodle and cook to el dente (check package instructions). Drain well and return noodles back to the pod.  Off the heat, add the fish sauce and sesame oil, mix well until all noodles are coated with seasonings.  Taste the noodle to check seasoning, add more fish sauce to suit your taste. 

Add the beef strips with the beef marinate ingredients and mix well, set aside.
Wash the re-hydrated mushrooms and squeeze out excess liquid.  Cut into 1/8-inch strips.  Mix mushrooms with mushroom marinate ingredients.  In a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat, add mushroom and sauté for 1 minute.  Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low and cover with a lid to simmer.  Stir occasionally to prevent mushrooms from sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Cook until 1/4 cup of liquid remains. 

Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan on medium-high heat.  Add a teaspoon of oil and sauté the beef strips until cooked through.  Remove from heat and add them into the broccoli.  In the same pan, sauté the ham for a few minutes until edges are slightly brown.  Remove from heat and add to the broccoli mixture.

Heat the pot of noodle on low, add broccoli-meat mixture to the pod, add mushrooms and all liquid/sauce into the noodle.  Stir and mix all ingredients together until noodle heated through.  Off the heat, mix in the green onion.  Serve warm.


  1. I also love noodles a lot and this recipe sounds wonderful and looks amazing. Thanks:)
    Kisses and have a lovely day

    Ps: I’m hosting an adorable shoes GIVEAWAY today! Just in time for spring!

  2. Looks and sounds delicious. I am wanting a bowl right now. Yum.

  3. MMMM! I could eat at your house seven out of seven days a week! ;). This looks wonderful.
    I will definitely try this and I'm sure we will love it. It looks so healthy and satisfying!

  4. That's funny, because I just wrote the other day that I swear I feed my family real meals, not just the cookies and desserts that dominate my blog's recipes. I also cook traditional asian (vietnamese) meals all the time, but they rarely get photographed.

    The dish looks fantastic! Snuggle Bunny also loves noodles and could eat them every meal. Thanks for sharing this yummy noodle dish and for letting us know about the contest.

  5. This looks heavenly. I will give this a go tonight!

  6. I love Asian cuisine. This looks wonderful but simple. This is on my menu for thsi week.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to trying many of your recipes.

  7. You have so many beautiful dishes. My family loves noodles too. I'm sure they'd love this meal.

  8. I love beef, broccoli, and mushrooms combined. I know what you mean about not sharing these types of recipes as much. It's often because it's the baking recipes that are more difficult to make so we share those. Thanks for sharing this great recipe as part of Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  9. @laxsupermom: What an coincident! :) Guess that happens to many bloogers/foodies out there too.

    @Linda: You're so right, the baking recipes are more difficult to make and need precise measuring so we tend to post them more often. Many of my Chinese dishes don't have ingredients measured. I just "eye-ball" and put in whatever I needed and taste it along the way and adjust the seasonings. (same as this particular recipe that I tried to recall what I've put in and type up the recipe later that night)

    @ Lorraine: You're very welcome to eat at my house. :P Wish we're living closer.

    @ Bonnie: Yes, it's a very simple recipe. Glad you like it. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments.

  10. Wow, this is gorgeous! Stunning photos and mouthwatering dish. Thank you very much for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week =)

  11. I just picked up rice noodles the other day with the intention of using them that night - but plans changed! This dish looks delicious! LOVE shiitake mushrooms!!

  12. I love noodles! This recipe looks great!

  13. I love the flavor and texture of shitake mushrooms. These noodles look awesome. I would love a bowl right now!

  14. This looks and sounds delicious. I love this dish and I am always on the lookout for the perfect recipe. Yours sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  15. I can see why this is a most requested dish at your looks fabulous!

  16. My husband would LOVE this! Yours looks so delicious and mouthwatering. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Let's clarify my last comment: Your meal looks delicious and mouthwatering...I have never met your husband although he is probably delicious to you! I have to remind myself not to comment on blogs until 6 am. ;)

  18. Oh yes, we love different types of noodle dishes at our home too :o) I love to see your recipes but also what you share "behind" what inspired them...such as your little ones love and appreciation for noodle dishes :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you soo much Amy for stopping by and taking a look around my blog :o) Please do come back as often as you are able...cuz I do know and appreciate the time it takes to "visit" :o)
    I will be putting your blog on my sidebar, so hopefully, I can keep up a little better, since my blog time is limited by working outside our home.

  19. This looks so delicious! I love dishes like this...rice with yummy veggies and meat. Thanks for sharing!

  20. @ Sweet and Crumby: Thanks for the good laugh! LOL...Honestly, I didn't catch the "mistake" when I first read your initial comment, until you re-phrase it afterwards. On the "opposit", guess I shouldn't be staying up late after 1am! hahahaha...