Beef and Cabbage Lo Mein; the walk continues

One of the things I miss from my youth is the crispy ‘Chinese’ noodles one had with Chun King Chow Mein.

Does anyone remember that? Does it still exist? It came in 2 cans that were taped together: a smaller one on top that had the meat and sauce and a larger one that had the vegetables. One drained the vegetables, then combined it with the sauce, heated it and served it over the crisp noodles.

The chow mein was probably awful, but I loved the noodles. And once the packet of soy sauce was drizzled over the top it was a great cheap meal.

There was no ramen in my area…..

Rice just doesn’t have the same appeal to me, but mon mari loves it so at least half the time our stir-fries are on rice.

For the other half I get to have noodles…. but, sadly, not crispy noodles.

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Beef and Cabbage Lo Mein

Stir-fries cook quickly and are very flexible when it comes to ingredients. I always try for a mix of colors, textures and flavors… Savoy cabbage works in place of the more traditional bok choy. 

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir-Fries


  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef (mince)
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters, then thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger, minced 
  • 1/3 head savoy cabbage, about 2 cups, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 4oz (120gr) linguine
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sherry
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena) 


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • While pasta cooks:
  • Prepare vegetables.
  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and carrot to skillet; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ginger, cabbage and stir-fry another 3 minutes.
  • Remove vegetables from skillet and set aside. 
  • Add beef, and fry, breaking it up as it browns.
  • Return vegetables to pan.
  • Add beef stock and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are done to your liking.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sherry, soy sauce and cornstarch.
  • Uncover skillet and stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened.
  • When pasta is done, drain and add to skillet. 
  • Serve. 


You could substitute spaghetti or any noodle / pasta that you have on hand. 

Keywords: beef stir fry, lo mein

Beef & Cabbage Lo Mein

Our sunrise morning walk continues.

It’s strange, but Guapa is almost always happy to go on our long morning walk but she is becoming more and more reluctant to go for our afternoon and evening walks. They’re all the same route…. I think morning walks have better smells.

This is the farm that had the cows, The whole area surrounding the buildings, in a lighter tan, use to be pasture full of cows. We’re still waiting to see what’s going to be planted there.

I’m convinced that this beet crop that has been planted is profitable. There is a little segment of field that doesn’t get watered by the big sprinkler system. The other day He came and installed this system just for that corner.

Since we can’t leave the property we spend rather a lot of time watching the neighbors….

4 thoughts on “Beef and Cabbage Lo Mein; the walk continues”

  1. Yes, I remember it – an easy meal when I was too tired to cook. According to Wikipedia, it was discontinued sometime after 1995. There’s a great restaurant near here that has those same great noodles and the chow mein is better. Lots of watching out the window here, too. Stay well.

    • Lucky you to have a great restaurant close by. Our Chinese restaurants are…. French, with things like sweet & sour frog legs, and a large cheese section….
      Stay safe and enjoy your windows 😉

  2. Any ideas on what I could use in place of the sherry? I don’t keep it in the house, neither of us will drink it and in the past when I’ve looked for it, I can only get it in a larger size. I generally will use a burgundy for any red wine needs so since this is your recipe, would that work?

    I like morning smells too though I’ve pretty much forgotten what that is since it was 27 when I got up this morning again. This is getting old…

  3. I would just skip the sherry – you could add a tbs of peanut butter for an extra bit of flavor, if you have it.
    DS and SIL, both in MN sent me Easter photos of 4″ of snow with more on the way….

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