Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
22 Mins
Total Time
22 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

If you have trouble finding shiitake mushrooms, use whatever 'shrooms you have on hand. Sliced creminis would work equally well for this saucy noodle bowl.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place noodles in a large bowl; pour boiling water over noodles to cover. Let stand 6 minutes or until pliable, stirring occasionally to separate noodles. Drain. Combine stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and red pepper in a small bowl; whisk until sugar dissolves.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add beef to pan; cook 4 minutes or until beef is browned and crispy in places, stirring to crumble. Remove from pan.

Step 3

Return pan to medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic and ginger to pan; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add bok choy and mushrooms; stir-fry 2 minutes or until tender. Remove mushrooms and bok choy from pan. Add egg to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Return vegetables to pan.

Step 4

Add noodles and beef to pan. Add stock mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until bubbly. Remove from heat. Add basil and black pepper; toss to combine.

Ratings & Reviews

Pretty bland

April 28, 2015
This was not great.  It suffers from a lack of flavor in the sauce.  The shitake's overwhelmed the dish and in general, just blah.  Usually when I make rice noodles the sauces I put with it tend to absorb so you don't taste the flavor of the noodle that much.  This was not the case with this.  You could taste the blandness in the noodle and nothing came together well.  Wouldn't bother to tweak or make again. 

not bad

May 13, 2015
pretty quick to make, we ended up using more noodles and more beef than the recipe called for. I think I would increase the volume of sauce next time and substitute the chili flakes for either sririacha or sambal oolek. It needed more salt as well. 

Good basic idea

May 20, 2015
Since I didn't have some of the ingredients, I went off recipe quite a bit, but used it as a guide.  I also lived in Thailand for 5 years, so I understand Thai cooking.  Simply speaking, it's a good recipe.  I would recommend fish sauce (not as bad/fishy as you think) instead of soy.  Go easy on the noodles or make sure they has time to absorb the sauce. I used vermicelli the second time around.  I used more beef.  I would have finished it off with chopped peanuts, but since I didn't have any, I stirred in some chunky peanut butter.  Give it a try!

Easy and Tasty

May 30, 2015
I thought this recipe came together really quickly and had great flavor. I rarely cook with beef, so this is a nice alternative for us when we need a break from chicken. I followed the recipe exactly and the whole family enjoyed. I may fool around with the vegetables in the future, but would also be fine replicating this as is.

3 1/2 stars

January 04, 2016
This was a bigger hit with my family than it was with me.  It was just ok, IMO.  It seemed to be missing something.  I'd probably use fresh minced ginger next time.  I did use half soy sauce and half fish sauce as another reviewer suggested.  I was able to omit the oil, saving on some fat and calories.  I'll make it again, it was easy enough to throw together. 

Solid and enjoyable

August 05, 2016
I added a little fish sauce and sambal to the sauce. Used rice vermicelli instead of wide noodle b/c that's what I had. It was good. I wish it had more bok choy and mushrooms. We added sriracha at the table. It didn't blow our hair back, though.