Something For The Weekend – Sweet Chilli Beef Noodles

A weekend takeaway is often a favourite family treat. Our home-made version is easy to do and has less sugar, salt and calories. We’d bet it’s a lot cheaper, too!


Our kids love these home-made sweet chilli beef noodles. They’re a great alternative to a bought-in takeaway. They’re quick and easy to prepare, too – so they won’t take up too much of your precious free time.

Prep time: 20 mins approx.

Cook time: 15 mins approx.

Serves: 4


450g beef steak, sliced into strips

1 medium/large onion, halved & sliced thinly

1 red pepper, sliced into strips

1 green pepper, sliced into strips

3 garlic cloves, peeled & finely chopped

5cm/2in piece of fresh ginger, peeled & cut into fine matchsticks

1-2 fresh chillis, red or green, according to taste*, finely sliced & seeds removed

2tbsp sunflower oil

1tbsp sesame oil

4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

2tbsp honey

1tbsp soy sauce

1tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

1tbsp lemon juice

250g dried egg noodles

Optional extras (any combination):

300g pak choi, leaves trimmed & separated

250g mangetouts or sugar snap peas

250g broccoli florets

Bunch of spinach leaves, washed & separated


In a jug, whisk together the sweet chilli sauce, honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and cornflour (cornstarch).

Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or large pan. Add the beef and stir-fry for a few minutes until browned. Drain and set aside.

Heat the sesame oil in the same pan and stir-fry the garlic for about 30 seconds. Add the onion, peppers, ginger and chilli. If using sugar snap peas, mangetouts or broccoli, add them at this stage.

Stir in the sweet chilli sauce mixture and coat everything thoroughly. Continue to cook for about five minutes. In the meantime, cook the egg noodles according to packet instructions.

Return the beef to the pan, along with the noodles. If using, also add the pak choi or spinach now. Mix everything together thoroughly over the heat for another couple of minutes.

Serve in large bowls and eat with either forks or chopsticks depending on preference.

*Red chillis are hotter than green. If your family prefers milder food, you could omit the chilli altogether. Alternatively, if tastes are mixed, stir-fry and serve the chillis separately for those who want them.

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