• 2 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles (or udon noodles or a combination)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces steak (well marbled sirloin works best)
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Ramen noodles worthy of an Academy Award

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

I love any type of noodle dish and Asian noodles are my favorite. Recently while watching the movie Parasite (it won for best picture), instead of being lost in the storyline, I was trying to figure out how to make one of the dishes that was in the film. It was a saucy ramen noodle dish with chunks of steak. It looked amazing. I went online and when I googled the movie and the word “recipe”, there were dozens of recipes! I wasn’t alone in my intrigue over this dish.  I took different parts from several different recipes to come up with one that I really love. The ingredients aren’t your norm, but they’re easy to find in the Asian food aisle (and they’ll most likely be in stock- I mean, who is hoarding oyster sauce?). There are dozens of ways to use ramen noodles, but why not try something new and delicious with this cheap and easy pantry staple?

Belle’s Ramen with Steak

2 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles (or udon noodles or a combination)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 green onion, sliced

8 ounces steak (well marbled sirloin works best)

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, brown sugar, 1 seasoning packet from the noodles, and the green onion. Cut the steak into 1-inch chunks and then put it in the bowl with the soy mixture and toss to coat. Let it marinade for at least 30 minutes. When it done, bring 3 ½ cups water to a boil in a large pot. Add one of the seasoning packets from the noodles and stir.  While that is starting to boil. Take a large fry pan and heat the oil over medium high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade (but reserve the marinade) and place in the fry pan. Cook the meat for about 3 minutes, turning often to brown all sides. Cover to keep warm and remove from heat. Add the ramen noodles to the pot of boiling water and reduce heat to medium and cook for about 3 minutes, using a fork to separate. Add the chili garlic sauce and the oyster sauce to the reserved marinade and mix well. Add the drained noodles to the beef mixture along with the marinade sauce and stir to coat.