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Vietnamese stir-fried beef noodles


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Stir-fried beef noodles is a popular street food in Vietnam and I love it a lot. It can be found in nearly every corner in Saigon (where I came from), but you know, the dish doesn’t have much meat. If it had more meat, the dish would be pricey and not many people wanted to buy it. However, we can totally have more meat by making this street food at home! Interestingly, I have just realized that I haven’t posted any recipe with beef or noodle, so this is gonna the first one.

Ingredients: (for 3 servings)


Total time: 30 minutes


  • Some recipes use egg noodles for this dish, it’s acceptable but not the best alternatives because the egg noodles are not chewy enough. The best replacement is long macaroni (we called it “nui”). Check out the recipe: Stir-fry beef penne!
Long macaroni that can be used in this recipe
I also made a vegetarian version. Check out the recipe here!

It seems long but it’s super easy to make! I just wanted to note down a bit of time management while preparing the dish. Hope you enjoy the recipe!


Vietnamese stir-fried beef noodles

Stir-fried noodles with beef is a popular street food in Vietnam, you can find it nearly every corner in Saigon. However, the taste would be wayyyy better when you make it at home because… you can add more beef, haha! It’s simple, why don’t we make it together?
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword beef, noodles, Vietnamese_cuisine
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 336kcal


  • 240 grams Sliced beef
  • 240 grams Noodles (3 packs of Vietnamese instant noodles)
  • 1 L Boiling water
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 3 tsp Sesame oil
  • ½ whole Sweet onion
  • 60 grams Carrots
  • cup Sliced green cabbage (or Napa cabbage)
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ whole Shallot


  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce (for marinating the beef)
  • 1.5 tsp Soy sauce (for the noodles)
  • 2 tsp Soy sauce (for stir-fry)
  • 2.5 tsp Mushroom bouillon powder
  • ½ tsp Sugar


  • Fresh cilantro, spring onions
  • Sesame oil, black/white pepper prior serving


  • Finely chop garlic and shallot. Julienne the carrot and sweet onion. Thin slice the cabbage and the beef. (It’s much simpler to buy the sliced beef from the butcher shop or grocery store)
  • Marinate the beef: In a small bowl, add 1/3 of the chopped shallot and garlic, the beef together with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning powder. Mix well and marinate for at least 15 minutes. A tip here is to chop the garlic and shallot first then slice the beef (if you have to) for marinating. While the beef is being marinated, deal with other vegetables.
  • Remove the instant noodles from packages and place in a large bowl. Pour boiling water to cover the noodles and leave it for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, drain the noodles, rinse with cold water, then add the sesame oil and 1.5 teaspoons of soy sauce to “season” the noodles.
  • While waiting for the noodles to be cooked, preheat a large pot or wok (for easy stir-fry) on medium-high heat then add cooking oil. When the oil gets hot, add the remaining chopped garlic and shallot to the pot, stir-fry until fragrant.
  • Add the julienne carrots, onions and the marinated beef to the pot, stir-fry well for 2 min. (By this time you will be dealing with the noodles because the beef takes few minutes to cook).
  • Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of soy sauce to the pot and stir well for few minutes so that the veggies are seasoned.
  • Add the noodles into the pot and mix well with the beef and veggies. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of seasoning powder (or M.S.G) and stir-well.
  • Right before turning off the heat, add the cabbage and mix well for 2 minutes. It’s to prevent the water released from cabbage making the noodles soggy.
  • Turn off the heat the Vietnamese beef stir-fried noodles is ready to be served. Sprinkle some black pepper, top with spring onions and cilantro, then enjoy!


  • In Vietnam, bok choy is used to add the green color to the dish. Bok choy really goes well with this stir-fry noodle recipe, but add them at the very end, just like cabbage.
  • Veggies are optional. Skip them if you don’t like.
  • If you want some spicy taste, serve the dish with some chili sauce on top.
  • Some recipes use egg noodles for this dish, it’s acceptable but not the best alternatives because the egg noodles are not chewy enough. The best replacement is long macaroni (we called it “nui”). Check out the recipe: Stir-fry beef penne!
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