Better than takeout, stir-fried spicy cumin lamb noodles are so flavourful and brings on the heat. Marinated spicy cumin lamb is stir-fried with noodles, classic Asian seasonings, and topped with crispy bean sprouts and green onions. The best part? This is all done in about 15 minutes. It is the easiest weeknight dinner.
What are Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles?
Spicy cumin lamb noodles (or biang biang noodles) is a Chinese stir-fry noodle dish originating in the central northern city of Xi'an, in the Shaanxi province of China. It is traditionally made with homemade hand-pulled noodles and delicious stir-fried spicy cumin lamb.
What is in Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles?
- lamb shoulder - sliced into ¼ inch stir-fry strips.
- lamb marinade - Chinese cooking wine (Shaoxing wine), cumin powder, cayenne pepper powder, and cornstarch
- dry wheat noodles - I used dry flat noodles, but you can use fresh or dry ones. Try fresh homemade hand-pulled noodles.
- vegetable oil - for the stir-fry.
- green onions
- cumin seeds - optional for extra flavour and texture.
- red onions
- soy sauce
- sesame oil
- bean sprouts - adds crispness and freshness to the noodles.
How to Make the Best Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles
First, you will need to marinate the lamb for 30 minutes. Cut the lamb shoulder into ¼-inch thick stir fry strips and place into a medium mixing bowl. Add in cooking wine, garlic, cumin powder, cayenne pepper and cornstarch. Stir well to combine well. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Then, cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water over medium high heat. Add noodles and cook for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally with chopsticks or a spatula so that the noodles don’t stick together. Drain the noodles in a colander and transfer into a bowl. Set aside.
Now, let's stir fry the lamb. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet (or wok) over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes until the oil starts to sizzle and shimmer. Add garlic, green onions and cumin seeds (optional) and fry for 1-2 minutes until garlic becomes fragrant. Add the marinated lamb and red onions. Use a spatula to stir fry evenly for 3 minutes until the lamb turns brown.
Next, add in cooked noodles and stir well to combine. Stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Cook the noodles and lamb for another 2 minutes, continuously stirring. Sprinkle extra cayenne pepper on top, if desired for extra spiciness. Add bean sprouts at the end. Mix well with a spatula and serve hot. I like to serve these noodles alongside a fresh Chinese garlic cucumber salad.
FAQ and Tips for Making Lamb Noodles
- Can you prepare these noodles in advance? Spicy cumin lamb noodles are best served fresh. You should always prepare the noodles fresh because once they start going cold, they will stick together and get stiff. However, you can make the lamb stir fry a day or 2 in advance.
- Can I make these noodles milder? These noodles, as titled, are spicy. To make them milder, just add less cayenne pepper powder in the lamb marinade.
- How do you store lamb noodles? You store these noodles in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Can you use the spicy cumin lamb stir fry in other recipes? Absolutely, the spicy cumin lamb is so delicious on it's own and can be served over steamed rice or fried rice instead of noodles.
Video of Our Travels in Xi'an, China
We traveled to Xi'an, China and tried some iconic hand-pulled noodles.
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