Lamb is a meat I love. I will eat it curried. Why? Well, what beats a slow cooked curry made of chunks of leg of lamb complete with bones full of succulent marrow?! Or maybe roasted, perhaps the most grand of all the roast dinners! It is great minced; koftes, burgers, keema, kebabs, all wonderful! Braised lamb shank is a slow cooked treat for weekends or days spent at home.
But people are turning away from lamb, thinking it is difficult to cook or time consuming. This seems to me to be a terrible shame. There is so much more to lamb than Sunday lunch with mint sauce! It can be quick, fun and awesome!
This speedy lamb stir fry is a quick, simple supper dish where the only real call on your time is the preparation, which is only 10 minutes! The cooking comes in at under 8 minutes. So much faster than ringing your local take away and faster than heating something ready made in the oven. Great when you're busy, great for weeknights!
You need a wok and a saucepan. Otherwise, all you need are plates for the prepared ingredients and a mug for the sauce mixture plus a mug for the egg (which will be beaten).
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Speedy Lamb Stir Fry
2 small lamb steaks, about 200 grams in total, very thinly sliced, (between 3-5mm) (LIFE HACK TIP: If you find the thin slicing difficult, freeze the lamb for 10-15 minutes and the slicing will be much easier!)
3-5 spring onions, depending on size, sliced into thin diagonals (5-7mm)
6-8 baby corn, depending on size, sliced into thin diagonals (5-7mm)
7-9 asparagus spears, depending on size, cut into 3cm lengths (cut diagonally)
3 cloves garlic, very finely cubed/diced (2-3mm)
4-5 cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and very finely cubed/diced (2-3mm)
1 birds eye red chilli, very finely cubed/diced (2mm, unless you can manage smaller!)
1 star anise
125g egg noodles
Ground nut (peanut) oil (or use sunflower or rapeseed oil if you have a peanut allergy
Handful of fresh coriander leaves
For the sauce:
3 tablespoons (45ml) light soy sauce
3 tablespoons Shao Sing rice wine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1. Prepare the vegetables, meat and aromatics as set out in the ingredients list. You need to do this as the cooking is rapid and needs your attention.
2. It will help to put the chilli, garlic and ginger and star anise on a single plate or in a single container.
3. Cook the noodles according to the instructions; mine involved putting into boiling water for 4 minutes.
4. Whilst the noodles are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a mug, mix well and set aside. Break the egg into another mug, beat with a fork until yolk and white a blended, and set aside.
5. When the noodles are cooked, drain, run under the cold tap to arrest the cooking process, ensure excess water is shaken off, dress with a small drizzle of groundnut and sesame oil, working through until just coated. Set aside.
6. Heat some ground nut oil in a pan, around 2-3 tablespoons for my wok, but you need enough to cover the base of your wok, which will vary. Heat until searingly hot, pretty much smoking.
7. Toss in the baby corn, stir for less than a minute.
8. Toss in the spring onions, asparagus, chilli, garlic and ginger, stir fry for a minute. Keep the heat high because the moisture in the vegetables will lower the temperature of the wok and you need to keep the wok as hot as possible. Stirring is essential to prevent the ingredients burning!
9. Throw in the thinly sliced lamb, the thin slicing will help it cook quickly, evenly and without bringing the temperature of the wok down too much. Stir fry for a minute to two minutes, ensuring the lamb is being constantly moved around the surface of the wok.
10. Add half of the sauce mixture, mix well and ensure the sauce is boiling. Your wok should be hot enough that you do not need to wait long for this to happen. A matter of seconds.
11. Now add the dressed noodles and beaten egg. Mix well over the heat.
12. Once mixed, add the rest of the sauce mix. Allow to bubble for 30 seconds or so, mixing thoroughly as you go.
13. Add the fresh coriander leaf, fold through the rest of the dish. Remove from the heat immediately.
14. Serve in a bowl, dressed with the sesame seeds. As you will see I used a mix of white and black sesame seeds.
15. Enjoy whilst freshly cooked and hot.
Snigdha has written this blog post as an entry for the #LoveLambChallenge competition run by Tasty Easy Lamb (www.tastyeasylamb.co.uk). She has received no incentive for posting this recipe, whether financial or otherwise.