What a lot of people don’t realise is that Ho Fun vs Chow Fun as a topic is based on the wrong idea that these are 2 different types of noodles or dishes. They are actually 2 different names for the same thing.
In Southern China this rice noodle dish is called Ho Fun and in English speaking countries they are called Chow Fun in Chinese restaurants and takeaways. Whatever you call them they are delicious and healthy!
Beef Ho Fun Noodles Recipe (Beef Chow Fun)
- 250g thinly sliced sirloin steak (or your favourite cut of steak)
- 100g rice noodles
- 3 tbsps of light soy sauce
- 2 tsps of Chinese Rice Wine (Shaoxing Rice Wine)
- 2 tsps of cornflour (cornstarch)
- 3 tbsps vegetable or groundnut oil
- peeled and thinly sliced thumb sized piece of ginger
- 100g beansprouts
- 4 thinly sliced scallions to serve
- optional = a pinch of sugar
Ho Fun Noodles Method
Briefly marinade the beef in the soy sauce, cornflour, rice wine, a little oil and a pinch of white pepper (15 minutes or so is fine).
Cook the noodles according to the pack instructions (2-3 minutes) in boiling water along with the beansprouts. In a hot pan or wok fry the beef and the marinade until just cooked (don’t overcook – it will cook quickly at high heat).
Add the beansprouts, noodles and ginger (and a little sugar if using) and toss around for a few minutes until well combined.
Serve hot in bowls with the chopped scallions scattered over the top.
Chow Fun Noodles Calories
1 cup of cooked Chow Fun noodles contains 171 calories, 0.67g of total fat and 37.47g total carbohydrates. These rice noodles contain less calories and fat than egg noodles, but also less protein.