• Jessie Lee

Delicious beef bowl recipe

Updated: Jun 23, 2019

So, since I turned thirty I have been aging rapidly and disturbingly. Literally, the week of my birthday, my wrist and thumb-sorta area on my right hand became super painful. Like, I could barely move it at all, which, when you're addicted to your iPhone, like I am, is really freakin' annoying. Also, have you ever tried to write on a whiteboard without moving your thumb at all? Yeah, you can't. So I paid a visit to my friendly local GP who informed me that I have some old-lady-type condition called De Quervain's tenosynovitis, the treatment for which involves a giant painful needle full of corticosteroids injected into the tendon sheath. Not ideal.

Today I finally got my shit together and got that giant painful needle. It was.... excruciatingly painful. It reminded me why I don't enjoy needles. There is no risk of me ever becoming a heroin abuser. But, I digress. The point is, I had a very sore hand and wrist this afternoon and didn't manage to cook anything during the day because of it. Luckily, by this evening it was starting to feel a little better and my tum was starting to grumble. Not wanting to overexert the bad hand I decided I needed to cook something very quick and easy for dinner.

Asian-style Beef Bowl to the rescue. I didn't expect it to be so delicious. In this case, my lack of expectations lead to a pleasant gastronomic surprise. Here's how I made it.



  • 500g beef mince

  • 1 bunch chopped choy sum

  • 1/2 bunch chopped spring onions

  • 1 brown onion

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • 1/2 a packet of Asian style cole-slaw (don't use the included dressing though)

  • oil for cooking

  • 200g rice noodles (or other style of noodles)

  • 2 fresh chillies

  • an egg for each person eating

  • sesame seeds

  • coriander


  • 1 chicken stock cube dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce

  • 2 tsp caster sugar

  • ground black pepper


  1. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Cook noodles according to packet instructions.

  3. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat.

  4. Stir fry onion and garlic in wok until softened.

  5. Add beef to onion and stir fry until mince is browned all over.

  6. Pour sauce over beef mixture and cook until sauce has evaporated.

  7. Stir through spring onions, 1 of the chillies, choy sum, cole-slaw and noodles. Cook for 2 mins.

  8. While greens are cooking, fry eggs in a separate pan.

  9. Serve beef mixture topped with a fried egg, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, more fresh chilli, coriander to taste and extra spring onions if desired.

beef bowl

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