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Friday Food: Char Siu Beef with Greens

There is so little actual cooking in this, it barely qualifies for Friday Food. It is, however, so fast to make -  less than 10 minutes from start to finish and I was really tired today and needed something quick and good.

I couldn't find any Char Siu sauce in a bottle so I made do with some out of a sachet: beggars can't be choosers. Though the recipe specifies broccolini, I think any greens can be substituted and I had some pak choy already. I am not a coriander fan, so I left that out and I had almonds instead of peanuts.

Oh and I can't let a day go by without using an onion. I love onions and so I added one to the beef.

And that's pretty much it, so here's the recipe from and originally from Delicious magazine. And I actually think this does serve 4.


Char Siu Beef with Greens   serves 4

  • 100g rice or glass noodles, the kind that cook in boiling water
  • 400g beef mince, or pork or chicken if that's what you have
  • 20ml oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 60ml Chinese rice wine/Shaohsing
  • 60ml Char Siu sauce, Chinese BBQ sauce
  • 2 bunches of broccolini, or whatever greens you fancy
  • 1/3 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 long red chilli, sliced into rings, seeds removed if you like chilli cooler.
  • coriander to serve

Cook the rice noodles as per the instructions. I just needed to pour boiling water over my noodles and leave them for 5 minutes before draining.

Heat a frypan or wok over a high heat, add the oil, ginger and garlic and then the mince. Break the mince up and stir pretty constantly for 3-4 minutes. The mince should be very separate.

Once the beef is browned add the rice wine and Char Siu sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

Adding rice wine and sauce
Add the greens. I like to slice them on an angle because they look nice. Stir to coat with the sauce and cook until they are slightly wilted and tender.


Drain the noodles and place on each plate. Top with the beef mixture and then garnish with the chilli, coriander and peanuts. And then eat and enjoy.

Char siu beef



This looks yummy!! I've actually never bought char siu sauce. Didn't even think I could! I usually just buy the meat already seasoned. So I will have to look for some at the market next time I'm there. Thanks!


I adore char sui so this is the perfect recipe for me :)


Oooh yummy! Will be wafting this under The Baker's nose with a not so subtle hint.


I like char siu sauce. This looks tasty.

I just saw the latest Better Homes and Gardens. Loads and loads of slice recipes in it, some savoury. Feta, potato and celeriac looked interesting. Would be good for a picnic and I think it would be a good lunch dish at home too.


10 minutes for a meal is right up my alley! I've never tried char sui before, will have to read the back of a jar next time I'm at the shop. (Of course, if I do make it I'll be leaving that yukky coriander and chilli out of mine though!)


This is definitely going on my 'to try' list Cindy. It's always good to get new flavours apart from the ones OI always use. I haven't used Char Siu sauce that should be interesting. As usual I'll delete the coriander & chilli...i usually substitute with parsley, which i love.

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