Quick Sesame Somen with 5-spice Beef and Baby Spinach

Check out this fancy 2 handled serving dish my mom got me for Christmas! It kinda resembles a mini wok don't you think?  Unfortunately, you're not supposed to cook with it, but I'm already envisioning steaming some nice fish in here.

For dinner tonight, I wanted to prepare something quick and easy - however I had little to no food in my fridge.  Solution: somen noodles with sesame oil.  This quick dish is full of subtle flavours and color.  It's also quite healthy (I think) since somen noodles are very thin, like angel hair pasta, and of course spinach has loads of nutrients.


  • 1 bushel of Japanese somen noodles
  • 1 serving of lean steak
  • 1 tbsp of Chinese 5-spice powder
  • Baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil, or as desired
Cut the steak into thin strips and sprinkle with 5-spice powder on both sides, patting in the spice to set it.  In a medium-heat saucepan, put a bit of cooking oil and when the pan feels hot, add in the beef.  Cook to desired doneness on either side- this shouldn't take more than a couple minutes on each side.  Once the beef is almost done, throw in as much spinach as you can handle and toss around in the pan.  The spinach will shrink rapidly so add in way more than you think you should.

Meanwhile, boil 1 cup of water in a pot and when the water is steaming, add your noodles.  Since somen are so thin, the noodles will cook really fast.  Once the noodles are cooked (do a taste test here), strain out the water and pour into your bowl.  Immediate drizzle the noodles with the sesame oil, mix, taste and repeat if necessary.  Add beef and spinach and eat!

Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1

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