Simple Beef and Cashews with noodles



I love Chinese food – I should cook more of my own recipes really.Once you have the basic ingredients in your store cupboard then the dishes are fun and simple to create. This recipe is perfect for novices of this cuisine – the resulting flavours are mouth watering. You could use sirloin steak if you feel flush, but frankly, any decent frying steak will do just fine.

For 2

1 & a half tbsp of  soy sauce

1/2 tsp of Chinese 5 spice

2 steaks, trimmed of fat and sliced into thin strips

1 & a half tbsp of ground nut oil or sesame oil

1 garlic clove sliced thinly

Thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped

Pinch of chilli flakes

30 gm unsalted cashew nuts

2 tbsp of oyster sauce

120 gm of baby broccoli – basically a good handful

1 lime

2 spring onions finely chopped

50 ml water

Noodles to serve – I like the thinnest I can get.


Mix the soy sauce and Chinese 5 spice with a grind of black pepper in a bowl – add the beef and coat it all in the mix. Put to one side.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in  a wok or large frying pan – one with a lid – over a high heat. Add the beef and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the beef from the pan on to a warmed plate. 

Heat half a tbsp of oil in the pan again and add the garlic, ginger, chilli flakes and cashews. Stir fry for one minute on a high heat. Add the oyster sauce and the water – stir. Bring to the boil, add the broccoli, then reduce the heat to a medium heat, pop on the lid – or cover with foil if no lid – then cook for three minutes.

Return the beef to the pan to warm through. Add the juice of half the lime and the spring onions.

Serve with noodles and the rest of the lime in wedges.  

You will love this – I promise!