Thai Stir Fry Beef In Oyster Sauce Recipe (Neur Pad Num Mun Hoy)

Thai stir fry beef in oyster sauce, known as “neur pad num mun hoy” in Thailand, is another one of those stir fry recipes that is actually remarkably easy to throw together, even for the inexperienced.

It takes a relatively short time to prepare and cook so is a good dish to add to the arsenal if you don’t have loads of time available for cooking but want to eat good, fresh food prepared at home.

This thai dish isn’t overly spicy or particularly aromatic but it has a nice combination of flavours that bring a bit of life to the dish and make it and interesting eat.

I don’t class it as one of my favourites, i don’t really find mushrooms that enthralling, but it makes a nice change and it demonstrates that thai cooking isn’t all about hot spices, sweet and sour or aromatics. Put it like this….if your not into foreign food this dish would probably pass muster. Saying that, the dish isn’t bland so you shouldn’t get the idea it is boring, just different.

Ingredients (2 people)

Beef (rump, sirloin, frying) 400g
Plain Flour 1 tbsp
Light Soy Sauce 2 tbsp
Garlic 3 cloves
Vegetable Oil 3 tbsp
Straw Mushrooms (200g drained weight)
Dried Mushroom (3-4no)
Oyster Sauce 1 tbsp
Cane Sugar 2 Tsp
Ground Black Pepper 1/2 tsp
Spring Onion 3no
Red Chili 1no


Cut the beef into stir fry strips, cover with flour and light soy sauce and leave to marinade for 15 minutes.
Chop and dice garlic cloves.
Add dried mushrooms to warm water for 2-3 minutes then slice into strips.
Open a can of straw mushrooms, drain and wash with fresh water.
Cut red chili into strips.

Cooking (8-10 minutes)

  1. Add vegetable oil to a medium hot pan, add garlic and stir fry for a couple of minutes until the garlic smells.
  2. Add the mushrooms to the oil and garlic and stir fry for 1 minute.
  3. Add the beef strips and stir fry the whole mix until the beef turns brown (4-5 minutes)
  4. Add oyster sauce, sugar and ground black pepper to the mix and stir fry for a minute.
  5. Add spring onion and red chili to the pan and stir fry for a further minute.
  6. Take off the heat and serve.