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BEEF ASPARAGUS LO MEIN
1 pound beef top sirloin steak, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
2 3-ounce packages beef-flavored ramen noodles
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut to 2-inch pieces
2 1/4 cups water, divided
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Garnish: Chopped green onion (optional)
In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry beef in oil for about 5 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. While beef is cooking, cook ramen noodles in saucepan with 2 cups boiling water and 1 of the seasoning packets added, for 3 minutes; when done, cover and let stand.
Add garlic and asparagus to beef; stir-fry to 2 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon of the other ramen seasoning packet; stir in rest of ingredients and pour over beef/asparagus mixture. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Drain noodles and place on platter; spoon beef mixture over noodles. If desired, garnish with chopped green onion. Serves 4.
Options: If asparagus is not available Chinese pea pods (snow peas) can be substituted.
— Carol Bartholomew of Salt Lake City
1st place, Beef—Anywhere, Anytime Cook-Off