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Cookish

Spicy Cumin-Beef Noodles

4 Servings

30 minutes

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Hand-formed Chinese “belt” noodles called biang biang mian often are paired with warming spices and bold ingredients. For example, spicy cumin lamb is a common match for the broad ribbon-like noodles. This recipe is our simple beef-based riff. Italian pappardelle is the widest noodle commonly available in grocery stores, so that’s what we used to approximate biang biang mian. Balsamic vinegar may seem a peculiar ingredient, but it mimics the sweet-tart, lightly syrupy character of Chinese black vinegar.

4

Servings

30 minutes

Ingredients

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Reviews
Sean T.
December 28, 2023
A smash hit
My wife and I loved this recipe, I used premium, dried bronze-cut pappardelle for the noodles. Everything else exactly as written and will make this again. Thank you!
Angie P.
January 15, 2024
Great For Dinner, Better as Leftovers
I added broccoli and used a strip steak. I didn't use all of the cumin, closer to 3 tsp. We loved it for dinner and the cold leftovers were an even better lunch the next day. Will definitely make this again.
susan b.

Where can I get a breakdown of calories, sodium content, etc for this recipe? TIA, Susan

Lynn C.

Hi Susan -

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The Milk Street Team

Sam S.

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Kathleen T.

I have a lot of sauces Asian sauces (too many), but I don't have chili-garlic sauce. What can I use as an approximation of chili-garlic sauce?

Lynn C.

Hi Kathleen -

If you have either Sambal Oelek or Sriracha, you could use either of those. Sambal Oelek has a similar paste-like texture to chili garlic sauce, but doesn't contain garlic; whereas, Sriracha has garlic, but is thinner and more the texture of ketchup. Either one should work, though.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Amy S.

If using Mom's Mala sauce (per the link in recipe) or Sambal (per this recommendation above) instead of chili-garlic sauce, do you suggest adding a certain amount of garlic? Thanks!

Lynn C.

Hi Amy -

Sure! We would probably add a few cloves of minced garlic with the steak and cumin seeds.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Lynn C.

Hi Amy -

Sure! We would probably add a few cloves of minced garlic with the steak and cumin seeds.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Amy S.

If using Mom's Mala sauce (per the link in recipe) or Sambal (per this recommendation above) instead of chili-garlic sauce, do you suggest adding a certain amount of garlic? Thanks!

Lynn C.

Hi Amy -

Sure! We would probably add a few cloves of minced garlic with the steak and cumin seeds.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Lynn C.

Hi Amy -

Sure! We would probably add a few cloves of minced garlic with the steak and cumin seeds.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Laura C.

Hi. I make homemade chili oil which I can use for months as it keeps well in the fridge. It's really easy, once you buy the ingredients, some of which might be harder to get a hold of. The recipe I use is from Woks Of Life. It's very delicious!

DAVID D.

Hi Milk Street!
I really love all your cookbooks and recipes and was looking forward to ordering the Cookish cookbook when it comes out. However, after making this recipe and looking at some of the others, the instructions seem very vague compared to your other cookbooks. For example, this recipe does not have a suggestion for heat level (high, medium, low) when cooking for the beef and also doesn't provide an approximate recommendation for how long to cook it for. Is that how I should expect the entire cookbook to be? I need more help than most when it comes to cooking so it may not be worth ordering if that is that case. Thanks for any info you can provide me with!

Diana L.

I have the book and it does not have specifics for high, med, low. However, you can figure it out and I have not had one bad dish come out from the book except maybe one (i may have messed up).

Beth C.

Loved this. So easy. Could not find pappardelle noodles so used fettuccine. Would have preferred a wider noodle.
Served with roasted kale and carrots.

Laura C.

I've made this a few timesand it's just delicious. I make my own szechuan chili sauce, woksoflife has a great one, very easy to make. I squeeze some lime at the end and add either cilantro or thai basil as well. YUM.

Robin and Mark U.

Excellent recipe. I used egg noodles, as they are also wide, and I had them on hand. It was a little dry. I’ll probably reserve a bit more pasta water next time.