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Beef Hor Fun – Flat Rice Noodle Stir Fry with Beef in Dark Sauce


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Beef Hor Fun – Flat Rice Noodle Stir Fry with Beef in Dark Sauce


Beef Hor Fun  – Or as my daughter calls it , ‘Beef Orphan’ is the loveliest dark sauced beef gravy on top of wide rice noodles. Mustard Greens or Spinach are added and the result is phenomenal. One of our favorite Noodle Dishes!

I watched my favorite Hawkers a dozen times to recreate this dish at home and now it’s spot on, so I am sharing it with you! Enjoy.

Beef Hor Fun – Flat Rice Noodle Stir Fry with Beef in Dark Sauce

Recipe Type: Pasta/Noodles
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time: 20
Marination time: 30 mins
Total time: 
Serves: 3- 4


  • 600 grams good quality beef, sliced thinly (against the grain) into strips.
  • I buy pre packaged Beef Knuckle Slices for this – job made easier.
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar – to rinse the beef.
  • 600 gms  FRESH Wide Rice Noodles. Ask for Hor Fun Noodles at your Asian Wet Market. Regular Rice noodles / Kway Teow may be substituted but the fresh Hor Fun noodles are wider offering better texture alongside the beef.
  • 400 gms chopped Mustard Greens/ Sawi Spinach
  • 1 large stalk of spring onion/ scallion whites and greens – chopped
  • 5 round slices of ginger
  • 5 large cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp oil or more to swirl around the wok.

For the Marinade:

  • 3 tsp ginger juice : Crush/smash/grind  ginger without water and squeeze out the juice.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp soda bi carb (baking soda)
  • 1 tsp asian sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil

Sauce For the Noodles:

  • 1½- 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce.
  • 2 Tbsp Water

Sauce for the beef gravy:

  • 3 tsp light soy sauce
  • 3 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • ½ tsp light brown sugar
  • 1½ – 2 tsp knorr seasoning powder or Hao Chi Or Your Favorite seasoning powder
  • ½ cup/ 10 Tbsp water
  • 5 tsp cornstarch/ cornflour


  • Remove the fresh noodles from the packet, gently and place in a large bowl.
  • Rinse under running water adding some warm water to the bowl occasionally. Use fingers to gently separate the noodles and wash away any greasy residue. (do not soak the noodles in hot water- rememeber they are already cooked)
  • Drain the noodles and set aside.

hor fun wide rice noodles

  •  Rinse the sliced beef very well, many times. Add the vinegar and scrub well into the beef (this helps to remove any unpleasant beefy smell ). Rinse again and leave to drain for 10 – 20 minutes.
  • Marinate this beef with the ingredients for marinade and leave at room temperature for about 30 minutes. (If you intend to leave it longer, keep refrigerated)

marinate beef

  • Chop the ingredients: ginger garlic and spring onion and prepare the sauce for the beef.

chopped ingredient andd sauce

  • Rinse the Greens well. Remove the thick part of the mustard green and slice lengthwise or keep whole, separate the leaves.

Chinese Greens

Chop length wise

  • Mix the water and light soy sauce for the noodles together in a small cup and set aside.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil in a large pot.

bring water to rolling boil

  • Add the beef and Boil/Scald for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

scald the beef drain the scalded beef

  • Heat sufficient amount of oil in a large wok. You need to be able to swirl around the entire wok and the sides.
  • You can remove some of the oil, once completely coated. Leave 2 Tbsp in the wok.
  • Add the noodles to the HOT wok and toss quickly around in the wok. (If your wok is too small, it’s better to do this step in batches).
  • heat oil in wok add noodles and toss
  • Toss gently to coat the noodles completely with a layer of oil on high heat for 2 minutes. The noodles should not stick. If they do, you need to drizzle in some more oil.
  • Add the water and light soy sauce mixture for the noodles and toss till coated. Remove to a serving dish.

place in serving dish

  • In the cleaned out wok, add 1 Tbsp oil and heat on high.
  • Add the greens and toss for 30 seconds  or so till tender. Remove and set aside.

stir fry greens till tender set aside greens

  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in the wok again and add the chopped ingredients.
  • saute chopped ingredients
  • Saute for less than a minute and add the marinated beef. Toss well and fry till slightly browned  about 3 minutes (Toss continuously).
  • add scalded beed and toss
  • Add the sauce mixture for the beef ( stir once before pouring to get the corn flour mixed properly).

add sauce solution to beef

  • Allow the sauce to simmer and the beef to get tender.
  • Add a few drops of sesame oil and a few drops of oil to add glossiness. (Add water to adjust gravy to liking and adjust seasoning)

cook till tender.

  • When beef is tender, Pour over the plated noodles along with the greens.
  • Serve Hot!!! Enjoy.

Beef Hor Fun – Flat Rice Noodle Stir Fry with Beef in Dark Sauce

Try it and let us know – Beef Hor Fun – Flat Rice Noodle Stir Fry with Beef in Dark Sauce.

You may add bean sprouts (fresh) to the cooked beef.
Some like to add a dash of fish sauce to the noodles.
Dried Broad rice Noodles may be used but fresh is preferred.
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  1. Thanks for breaking down this recipe. I am Chinese and this is my favourite takeout dish. I read your recipe to attempt my own version and you made it so easy. You got a new follower! I also had a chance to visit Singapore and loved the hawker stands.

    • Thank you! It is comments like this that makes my passion worth while. Always attempting to put forward the best recipes and hopefully making the recipe simple to follow. (Although all dishes may not be simple 🙂 ) Thanks again.

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