Garlic produces magic in many cuisines. With thoughts of the start of the Chinese New Year, I mixed it with soy sauce, brown sugar and peanuts for this quick Chinese Garlic Steak.

Shortcut tip: To make the meal even faster, buy beef cut for stir-frying at the market.

For the Asian Noodles, look for fresh or steamed Chinese noodles in the produce section. Sesame oil gives it a nutty flavor.

Helpful Hints:

— Dried Chinese noodles or angel hair pasta can be substituted for the fresh noodles.

— Minced garlic can be found in jars in the produce section of the market or use 6 crushed garlic cloves.


— Marinate steak.

— Prepare noodles.

— Make steak.

Shopping List:

To buy: 1/2-pound quick cooking steak (skirt, strip), 1 bottle low-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 pound fresh snow peas, 1 small jar minced garlic, 1/4 pound fresh or steamed Chinese noodles, 1 small jar unsalted peanuts and 1 bottle sesame oil.

Staples: vegetable oil spray, brown sugar, salt and black peppercorns.



 1/2 pound quick cooking steak (skirt or strip steak)

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 teaspoons minced garlic

Vegetable oil spray

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped peanuts

Remove visible fat from steak and cut into 1/2- to 1-inch strips. Mix soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic together in a self-seal plastic bag. Add steak and set aside while making the noodles. Turn bag over once or twice during that time.

Heat a wok or skillet over high heat. Spray with vegetable oil spray. Remove steak from marinade, reserving marinade. Stir-fry steak 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add reserved marinade to the wok. Boil 1 minute. Spoon over steak. Sprinkle peanuts over steak.



1/4 pound fresh or steamed Chinese noodles (about 2 1/4 cups)

1/4 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed (about 2 cups)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add the noodles and snow peas. Bring back to a boil and cook 1 minute. Drain. Place in a bowl and add the sesame oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well. Serve with the steak.

Yields 2 servings.