Grilled Beef Fillet on Wok-Fried Noodles

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A World in My Kitchen

A World in My Kitchen

By Peter Gordon

Published 2003

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This marinade not only flavours the meat, but it ‘cures’ it slightly, firming the flesh and changing its texture. You will need to marinate the meat a few days before you need it.


  • 4 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 800 g (1 lb 10 oz) beef fillet, excess fat and sinew removed
  • 600 ml (1 pint) soy sauce
  • peanut oil for cooking
  • 400 g (14 oz) dried egg noodles
  • 300 g (10 ½ oz) green beans, trimmed and blanched
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and finely grated


Rub sugar and chillies into fillet and place it in a non-metal dish that will comfortably hold it. After 1 hour, turning fillet once, pour soy sauce over meat, cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Turn meat by a quarter rotation every 12 hours for 2 days.

Remove meat from marinade. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade and discard the rest. Wipe meat dry with a cloth, then cut it into four equal-sized steaks and brush with peanut oil.

Cook egg noodles following instructions on the packet, then pour through a colander to drain. Refresh under cold water and drain again.

Heat up a heavy frying pan or skillet. Place oiled fillet pieces in the pan, cut-side towards the heat, and cook over a moderate to high heat for 2 ½-3 minutes on each side. This will give you a medium-rare fillet.

Heat a wok to smoking point and add 2 tablespoons peanut oil, swirl it around the wok and add beans. Toss them lightly to give a little colour then remove with a slotted spoon. Add another tablespoon peanut oil, then add noodles and don’t stir for 30 seconds. Using two large spoons or tongs, start tossing noodles gently, trying to colour them a little as well. Return beans to the wok, add 2 tablespoons of marinade, the coriander and ginger and toss together. Divide noodles between four plates and place a piece of grilled beef on each.