Every so often, Captain Mike reminisces about submarine food from his past. After all, when you are months underwater, food certainly helps. So his latest fond recollection has been about Beef Yakisoba, an Asian dish full of flavor using ground beef and spaghetti noodles, or, for authenticity, Yakisoba noodles found in the Japanese section of your grocery store. This spicy dish isn't too zippy yet very filling. Enjoy!
One medium onion
1/2 small cabbage
1/2 bunch green onion
Two large carrots
One red bell pepper
1 pound ground beef
16 oz vermicelli noodles (found in the spaghetti noodles section) or Yakisoba noodles
Two tablespoons sugar
Two tablespoons soy sauce
Two tablespoons oyster sauce (found in the Asian section)
Two tablespoons ketchup
Four tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Prepare all ingredients for the Yakisoba. Slice all vegetables into even slices. Reheat Yakisoba noodles following the package instructions or cook the spaghetti noodles and drain.
In a lightly oiled Wok, cook all the vegetables separately on high heat until they're golden brown. Set aside in a bowl.
Add more oil and brown ground beef to the same Wok or a skillet. Add vegetables to the beef mixture.
Combine sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce in a separate bowl. Pour the sauce over the cooking ingredients and cook together for 2-3 minutes. Add Yakisoba noodles or cooked spaghetti noodles to the mix and simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve Yakisoba while it is warm.
Martha Wild King, M.Ed., Author
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