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beef chow ho fun or gon chow ngau ho (乾炒牛河)

Beef Chow Fun

Beef chow fun is a classic and well known Cantonese dish in southern China. It made from stir fried beef, ho fun (wide rice noodles) and bean sprouts.
Course Main Course, Noodles, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 221kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1 pack Ho fun rice noodles (32oz) 2 lb
  • ½ lb Beef tri tip or round steak
  • 5 slices Ginger
  • 2 cups Bean sprouts
  • 2 sticks Green onion
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil


  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Sesame oil
  • teaspoon Garlic powder


  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dark soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Brown sugar


  • If ho fun rice noodles refrigerated before, cover ho fun with a wet paper towel and microwave them for one or two minutes.
  • Separate the ho fun, so it’s not stack together and easy for stir fried.
  • After that, sliced beef into strips.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, ½ tablespoon of brown sugar, ½ tablespoon of sesame oil and ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix it well.
  • Let marinate the beef for 5 to 10 minutes before cooking.
  • After, pour ½ tablespoon of oil into non-stick pan, turn on fire medium high. Then, add bean sprouts, sprinkle some salt and stir fried for a minute or so. After that, set them aside.
  • Next, add 5 slices of ginger and marinated beef into non-stick pan.
  • Then, stir fried them until it turns brown. And, set them aside. (Don't over cook the beef)
  • In a small container, add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce and ½ tablespoon of brown sugar. Mix them well.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of oil into non-stick pan, turn on fire medium high. 
  • Then, add ho fun noodles, and pour the sauce mixture from step 9 stir fried the noodles for one to two minuets.
  • The following, add the cooked beef, bean sprouts, green onion to the noodles and stir fried them little bit.



Cooking tips for how to make beef chow fun:

  • Personally, I love beef chow fun and I like to make it at home using less oil. The tip is to use non-stick pan to stir fried ho fun.
  • I like to use fresh ho fun. If you cannot find fresh ho fun, use dry ho fun it works too.
  • Although I can find fresh ho fun at the store nearby, most of time they are refrigerated. Often, I microwave the ho fun noodles and cover with a wet paper towel for a minute or two to soften them first. It is easier to separate and stir fry them. 


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg