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Recipe video above. A great quick ramen noodle recipe that requires very little prep. The trick here is to caramelise the beef well - makes all the difference! TIP: Don't cook the ramen noodles any longer than it says to on the packet! So basically, this HAS to be a super quick recipe :) Now available: Chicken and vegetable version!



Total time

15 minutes




  • 2 packets ramen or other instant noodles (, discard seasoning (Note 1))
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil ((or more oil) (Note 2))
  • 2 garlic cloves (, minced)
  • ½ onion (, sliced)
  • 200 g / 7oz beef mince ((ground beef) (Note 3))
  • 1¼ cups (315 ml) water, plus more as needed
  • big handful bean sprouts
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce ((Note 4))
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce ((or Hoisin, Note 5))
  • 2 tsp hoisin sauce ((or more Oyster sauce))
  • 1 tbsp mirin ((Note 6))
  • finely sliced green onion / shallots
  • sesame seeds


  1. Mix Sauce.
  2. Heat oils in a medium skillet over high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1 1/2 minutes until starting to go golden.
  3. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it changes from pink to light brown.
  4. Add Sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until well caramelised (see video).
  5. Push beef to the side to make enough space for the noodles. Add water, place noodles in water.
  6. Leave for 45 seconds then turn.
  7. Leave for 30 seconds, then untangle the noodles, then toss through the beef.
  8. Add beansprouts, toss for 1 minute until sauce reduces to coat the noodles and the noodles are cooked. (Note 7)
  9. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
  10. View the recipe instructions at RecipeTin Eats

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