Tasty Beef Bowls

How do these tasty beef bowls compare to other beef mince recipes out there? Two things. These are super tasty and incredibly easy to cook. And it doesn’t matter whether you use beef mince, chicken, pork or even turkey because it’s the S-A-U-C-E that will make it one heck of a meal. 

Tasty beef bowls

So, if you need to cook but want to give your brain cells a break then this is perfect for you. It suits those days when you are too tired to think but still want something delightful to eat. No need to be the ever creative and skillful homecook for once.

I have made this again while in lockdown and have been self-isolating, and could not bring myself to do more in the kitchen.

Keen to see how fast and easy to make it? Here we go.

  1. Mix the sauce together in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Saute the aromatics.
  3. Brown the beef and cook until the liquid is gone.
  4. Pour the sauce and coat the beef. Simmer. 
  5. Add spring onions and stir through then serve.

That is it, really.  Go and nail it with a couple of things in mind. 

Two things to keep in mind – 

One is to use lean beef. Another is to let the sauce cling to the beef towards the end of cooking. This is one of those recipes you do not want saucy.  The idea is to let the beef absorb the strong, deep, and complex flavours of the sauce.

Deep brown and caramelised beef

What is the sauce made of?

Think of widely popular Asian sauces that are amazing together and marry them. Add some sweetness, a touch of spice, a splash of cooking wine, and you will get flavours that will satisfy and make you smile.

So, when you are ready, bring out the hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine or any rice wine, sugar, sesame oil and white or black pepper to make that flavourful sauce. 

You should have a deep brown and caramelised beef at the end.The mince should have absorbed the sweet and savoury sauce after a quick simmer.

What to pair it with?

Steamed rice is my top answer. I would be happy to just grab a bowl of rice topped with those tasty beef mince and eat my blues away.

If rice is not your thing, then go with noodles or have it with veggies. I have no doubt you’ll dig it!

Enjoy tasty beef bowls with rice, noodles, or veggies

This super tasty beef is adapted from RecipeTinEats recipe called Asian Beef Bowls. I have scaled up the recipe to six, so grateful hubby, daughter dear, and myself can enjoy it again the next day. Hope you give it a go!

How To Make Tasty Beef Bowls

Tasty Beef Bowls

Give this wonderfully caramelised beef mince a go using sauces widely used in Asian cuisine. It is perfect for people who want to enjoy a great meal but have little time (or too tired) to prep and cook.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 6


For The Sauce:

  • 1.5 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (sub with cooking sake, mirin or rice wine)
  • 3.5 tbsp dark soy sauce can sub with regular soy sauce but the color and taste of the beef won’t be the same
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp white pepper

For The Stir Fry & Garnish:

  • 1.5 tbsp oil (vegetable, canola)
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 750-800 grams lean beef mince
  • 3/4 cup spring onions
  • sesame seeds


  • Place the sauce ingredients in a bowl and give it a good mix until combined.
  • Heat a wide pan over medium high heat and add oil. When oil is hot, saute garlic and onions. Cook until the onions turn soft and translucent.
  • Turn the heat up and add the beef; break it up as it cooks. Let it turn brown all over and continue to cook until the liquid is gone.
  • Pour in the sauce and stir to coat the beef. Let it simmer for a few minutes or until the sauce has been absorbed by the beef. (Be patient here and wait until all the sauce clings to the beef to get the optimum flavour).
  • Add spring onions and stir it through. Turn off the heat and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.