Beef chow fun

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Beef chow mai fun
Dry-fried beef hor fun
Course Main dishes
Place of origin Guangdong, Hong Kong
Main ingredients bean sprout, soy sauce. rice noodles, onions
Cookbook: Beef chow mai fun  Media: Beef chow mai fun
Beef chow fun
Traditional Chinese 乾炒牛河
Simplified Chinese 干炒牛河

Beef chow fun is a staple Cantonese dish, made from stir-frying beef, hor fun (wide rice noodles) and bean sprouts. It is commonly found in yum cha restaurants in Guangdong, Hong Kong, and even overseas, as well as in cha chaan tengs.[1]

The main ingredient of this dish is hor fun noodles, which is also known as Shahe fen, originating in the town of Shahe in Guangzhou. The most common methods of cooking hor fun are in soup or stir fried. Hor fun can be dry-fried (fried without sauce) or wet-fried (fried with a sauce).

Dry-fried beef hor fun is made by first stir frying beef strips until they are half-cooked. Bean sprouts and onions are then fried in oil. The hor fun is added and stir fried very quickly, along with soy sauce and heated oil. Finally, the beef is added.

An important factor in the making of this dish is "wok hei" (鑊氣). The cooking must be done over a high flame and the stirring must be done quickly. Not only must the hor fun be stirred quickly, it must not be handled too strongly or it will break into pieces. The amount of oil also needs to be controlled very well, if not, the excess oil or dry texture will ruin the dish. Because of these factors, this dish is a major test for chefs in Cantonese cooking.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Tiffany Lam and Virginia Lau (24 July 2009). "Chow fun challenge". CNN Go. Retrieved 11 August 2012.