Chinese Dry-Fried Beef Rice Noodles Recipe – 干炒牛河

Learn to make this classic dish from southern China at home – or join us on a Shanghai Night Eats food tour to sample is straight from the source.

The main ingredient of this beef rice noodles recipe is he fen/hor fun wide rice noodles, which is also known as Shahe fen, originating in the town of Shahe in Guangzhou. The noodles are dry-fried (without sauce) with beef marinated in soy sauce that is first seared in the wok. Then in go the onions, beansprouts and green onions, then the noodles, dark & light soy sauce and sugar. Nothing too hard, even for the inexperienced home chef. Give it a try!

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500 g. flat rice noodles (“hefen” or known as “Shahe fen” 河粉), available at Asian supermarkets
150 g. beef
1/2 onion, shredded
120 g. bean sprouts, trimmed
Shredded ginger, to taste
1 stalk spring onion, chopped

2 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp corn flour
3/4 tsp sugar
2 tsp water
Sesame oil, to taste

2 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
Salt, to taste
1 tsp Sugar


1. Rinse beef and dry with paper towels. Thinly slice across the grain. Mix with marinade for 15 minutes. Set aside.

2. Heat cooking oil (soybean or canola oil is recommended) in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Place beef on a single layer and fry both sides, until they are 70% cooked. Set aside.

3. Heat more oil in pan. Add onion and stir fry until translucent. Be sure not to burn them. Add ginger and bean sprouts.

4. When the bean sprouts are softened, push the onion and bean sprouts to the sides of wok if it’s big enough, or dish them up if your wok is too small.

5. Increase heat to high. Toss in flat noodles and stir fry until it’s really heated up. Add seasonings and taste. Add more light soy sauce if needed, bit by bit at a time. If you find the color of flat noodles is not dark enough, you can add more dark soy sauce if you like.

6. Toss the beef, onion and bean sprouts back in the wok and combine all ingredients. Add spring onion and mix. Serve immediately.


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Where to Find Beef Rice Noodles in Shanghai:

Cha Canting 茶餐厅
30 Sinan Rd, near Huaihai Rd
Metro Line 13 – Middle Huaihai Rd

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Building 1, Yaxing Mansion, 46A Liangmaqiao Road
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