Tallarin saltado (stir-fried beef with noodles)

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From Malaysia and Singapore's Hainanese chicken rice to Peru's Chifa cuisine, Chinese food far from home is evolving in new and creative directions. In Peru, Chifa restaurants can be found everywhere. It's a style of eating developed by Chinese migrants in the 1920s using locally available ingredients, and the result is a unique South American-influenced cuisine that is very different from its Chinese beginnings. Tallarin saltado is a popular Chifa fried noodles dish using cooked pasta in place of Chinese egg noodles.

Chinese food far from home: Peru's much-loved tallarin saltado.
Chinese food far from home: Peru's much-loved tallarin saltado. Photo: William Meppem

Ingredients

400g dried linguine or spaghetti

400g sirloin steak, thinly sliced

1 tsp cornflour

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced

½ red capsicum, thinly sliced

2 tomatoes, cut into wedges

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp sugar

2 spring onions, thinly sliced

¼ cup coriander, finely chopped, to serve

1 tbsp fresh jalapeno chillies, finely chopped (optional)

Method

1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, drain well and chill in cold running water. Drain again and set aside.

2. Toss the sliced steak in the cornflour and one tablespoon of soy sauce. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a wok or large frypan over a high heat and cook the beef until it's well browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

3. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and add the red onion and fry until softened.

4. Add the capsicum and tomatoes and toss until the capsicum is softened. Add the drained noodles, salt, remaining soy sauce, vinegar and sugar and toss until well combined. Return the meat to the pan and toss for a further two to three minutes.

5. Toss through the spring onions and serve scattered with coriander and jalapeno chillies.

 

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  • Main Ingredients - Pasta, Beef, Tomato
  • Cuisine - South American
  • Course - Dinner, Main-course
  • Occasion - Midweek dinner

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