Chinese Tomato VegBeef Noodles

After purchasing 4 lbs of noodles during our last shopping trip, we started wondering what the heck we were going to do. We dug out 2 noodle-based recipes from our secret recipe book (ISBN 0941676420). One of them was with beef and tomato.  Tomato is a magic ingredient for me (in Turkish cuisine many dishes start with onion and tomato paste). I was sold.

Be aware that this is another one of those dishes where the prep time takes longer than the cooking. You will probably ask yourself at end of cooking “That’s it?!? I prepared all this for 5 minutes of cooking?”  But good luck saying “I take it back, this is yummy!” with your noodle-stuffed mouth.

Ingredients

  • 2lbs boiled, pancit or yakisoba noddles
  • 8oz MorningStar Vegetarian Sausage Patties
  • 8oz tomato slices (skinned & seeded)
  • 7oz spinach (we used frozen)
  • 4oz onion (cut in shreds)
  • Marinade for Beef:
    • 2 Tablespoon water
    • 2 Tablespoon oil
    • 2 teaspoon corn starch
    • 2 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 2 teaspoon cooking wine
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sauce:
    • 1 cup stock (1 cup hot water combined with 1 cube of Knorr vegetable bouillon)
    • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2 Tablespoon tomato ketchup
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cooking:
Toast the patties in toaster oven for 12 minutes on 400°F. Slice each patty to half thickness (making two circles), then make 3 more slices (you will end up with 8 strips for each patty). Marinate the fake beef with the marinade mixture.

If the spinach is frozen, defrost it, wash it, squeeze it until you cannot feel your hands to get rid of the excessive water. If you are using fresh ones, wash them well, and cut in smaller pieces (i.e. bite-size)

Tomatoes need to be peeled for this recipe. And if it’s not too much trouble clean out their seeds too.

Onions to be chopped in strips as usual.

In a 3 Tablespoon of oil in hot wok, stir-fry onions and tomatoes until fragrant.  Mix in the beef and the spinach. After frying them well, add the noddles, and the sauce.  Mix well, and evenly. Serve in a plate like a civilized man or bury your head in the wok if no one is around.

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