Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy

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Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy in the wok


This recipe for Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy is one I found on about a year ago.  It intrigued me because it uses ground lamb and it was Chinese.

I’d never really thought of lamb as being a part of Chinese cuisine, but apparently, it’s very popular in both Northern and Southern China where oxen were forbidden to be slaughtered since they were the workhorses of the farming community. Lamb and mutton, not so much.

Do I need to use lamb?

While this can be made with another ground meat, turkey, pork or beef, I think the lamb gives it a nice earthy flavor that you would lose if you substitute another ground meat.

But, one of the things I love about the flavors of this recipe is, putting half of the marinade INTO the meat. Flavoring it from the inside with the same great flavor as the sauce.

Although the sauce is a bit more complex.


Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy bok choy and lamb in skillet


What is Bok Choy?

Bok Choy is a type of Chinese cabbage. While it doesn’t grow into a head as you might expect of cabbage, it looks more like celery, with a rather firm bottom and a leafy top. It has a very mild, slightly cabbagy flavor.

I generally remove the larger outside leaves for making this recipe, keeping the tender inside to quickly grill as a side to another meal. The inside core is easily cut into halves, brush a little sesame seed oil on the leaves, and then grill, either on the BBQ or a grill pan. Lovely smoky flavors.

With this recipe, as I said, I use the outside leaves, separating the white bottoms from the leafy top. Cook the bottoms first, adding the delicate leaves at the last moment to retain their color and to keep them from getting mushy.


Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy with fettuccini noodles


Need it to be Gluten-Free? I got you covered!

For this recipe, I use fettuccine pasta, but you could use wide rice noodles to make this a gluten-free meal.

One pot cooking, done in about 30 minutes, including boiling the water for the noodles.  How easy is that?


Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy served in a white bowl


If you would like to serve a wine with this,  I recommend a Pinot Noir.  Look for, or ask your wine merchant to recommend one that is a little earthy, it will complement the earthiness of the lamb. Another good wine choice would be a Cab Franc most commonly known as a blending grape, but yummy on its own as well.

Chinese Style Noodles with Ground Lamb and Bok Choy


  • 4 - 6 ounces wide pasta, such a tagliatelle or fettuccine, cooked according to package directions, drained and set-aside or rice noodles prepared according to directions (can do this part while you are doing the other part, then your pasta will stay hot)
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine, or saki. (I used saki as that is what I had)
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (I can’t see any reason ever to use full salted soy sauce, low-sodium has plenty)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (I keep mine in the refrigerator so it stays fresh, as this, and other nut oils, turn rancid easily)
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 4 cloves (about 2 teaspoons) minced garlic, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (found in almost every supermarket now, or your specialty Asian store)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 6 baby bok choy, trimmed, large outer leaves removed, small tender inside core cut into halves, rinsed well (you can use larger bok choy, if you need to, separate all the leaves, remove the tender top leaves from the stems and then slice the stems into 1 – 2 inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or other vegetable oil, but I always use grapeseed)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 4 green onions, sliced about 1/2 inch thick, part of the tops reserved for garnish


Step 1

Combine the rice wine, sesame oil, and soy sauce into a measuring cup. Put the lamb into a bowl, add 1/2 of the rice wine mixture and 1/2 of the minced garlic. Mix well.

Step 2

Add the water, chili garlic sauce and cornstarch to the remaining rice wine mixture, mix well and set aside.

Step 3

Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon of the oil, when hot, add the lamb and cook for about 3 minutes, breaking the meat up into large pieces as you cook it (the meat pieces should be about 1/2 inch big).

Step 4

Reduce the heat to medium; add the remaining tablespoon of oil along with the remaining garlic, the ginger and the green onion (except for the part that you are reserving for garnish); stir-fry for a few minutes, then add the bok choy. Cook until the bok choy is just cooked through, but still has a little bit of crunch in the stem; about 3 minutes. (If you had to use larger bok choy, add the stem pieces first, stir fry until tender then add the tops.) Add the noodles to the pan, along with the reserved rice wine mixture; stir-fry until the noodles are hot and coated with sauce.

Step 5

Serve in wide warmed bowls (remember to always warm you plates so the food stays hot longer); sprinkle the reserved green onion tops over.

 Need to use up that left-over ground lamb? Try these delish Sirloin Beef and Lamb Burgers with Feta and Cilantro Mint Sauce

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by giselle bisson on January 24, 2014

    This is a great dish to feed a crowd or potluck … made ours with rice fettuccine, added cilantro and a bit of sliced red pepper. We had red onions not green, and I substituted siracha chili sauce for the chili garlic sauce. Yummy!

    • posted by LindySez on January 25, 2014

      Thank you for posting this. Sounds like some nice change outs, and your use of rice fettuccine makes it gluten free. Cheers!

  2. posted by Jessica on April 15, 2014

    This looks and sounds like it would be a hit with my family! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. posted by Cher on April 19, 2014

    Sounds fabulous, Linda! I like that you suggest a wine to go with it!

    • posted by LindySez on April 19, 2014

      Thank you. I sometimes forget to do that 🙂


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    23g (7g Sat, 10g Mono, 4g Poly)
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