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Tingly Szechuan Pepper Beef Noodles


  • Salt

  • 1 pound dried Chinese noodles or thin spaghetti

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 1 small red chili pepper, such as Fresno, minced

  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced

  • 2 teaspoons Szechuan pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1/4-1/3 cup Tamari (dark soy sauce) or liquid amino (a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce and Tamari), such as Bragg brand

  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

  • Chili oil or Sriracha, for serving


Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the noodles and cook until al dente. Drain.

While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the oil, three turns of the pan, over high heat until smoking. Pat the ground beef dry with a paper towel, then crumble it into the hot oil.

Add the onion, chili pepper, garlic, ginger, Szechuan pepper and five-spice powder to the beef. Stir fry until the onion is slightly softened, 2 minutes.

Add the noodles to the beef mixture. Stir in the Tamari (or liquid amino). Remove from the heat and toss with the lettuce and scallions. Serve with the chili oil (or Sriracha).