Thursday, October 31, 2019

Recipe: Stir-fried Beef with Tang Hoon (Glass Noodles) using Carbon Neutral Beef

Oh man, I love a good one-pot (wait, one-wok?) dinner.

Stir-fried tanghoon with beef and vegetables is one of the easier dishes I've been teaching my new helper. This is a minimalist version, using just two differently coloured vegetables and one meat. Sliced chillies for that perky red and spicy heat.

There are no hard and fast rules. Use whatever vegetables you fancy. Add your favourite protein. Mine tends to be red meat, especially beef. But I've come across a sustainable version: Carbon neutral beef certified by the Australian government. Far out! But sounds much more responsible, given the damage beef farming contributes to climate change.

Read more about this Five Founders beef and how they achieve this carbon neutral rating.

100g Tang Hoon or mung bean or cellophane "glass" noodles
200g beef (Five Founders carbon neutral beef stir-fry strips), marinated 20 minutes or so with a dash of soy and pepper
Cup of baby peas (warmed up in hot water if frozen)
1 carrot, julienned
Chopped onions (optional if you don't like)
Minced garlic (the more, the better!)
Sliced chillies ( I prefer chili padi, but you can use regular chillies)
Salt, pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil and fish sauce for seasoning.

1. Soak the tang hoon in warm water for a few minutes until softened. Drain and set aside.
2. Fry the onions in 1-2 tablespoons of oil for a couple of minutes and add garlic.
3. Add the carrots and peas to continue frying for another minute.
4. Add the marinated beef strips. Cook until
5. Toss in the tang hoon. Stir-fry and season evenly with salt, soy, fish sauce, pepper and sesame oil. You can also add oyster sauce or a splash of chicken stock if you prefer it less dry.
6. Sprinkle on the sliced chillies. Et voila. Dinner.

The meat is surprisingly lean although it looks so tender. So make sure you don't overcook it, or it may be too tough.

Five Founders beef is available on RedMart and Ryan's Grocery.

I have another quick and easy recipe for bolognese using Five Founders mince.

It was interesting experimenting with this "carbon neutral" beef. On the whole, it is much like regular beef except the taste seems milder and very clean-tasting somehow. It costs a little more but for something that's free of growth hormones and antibiotics, has net zero impact on the environment, and grass fed until the last 100 days (grain-finished)'s not too bad. 

Thanks to Alternative Selection for sending the beef samples.

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