Chow Fun

My son learned the basics in Home Ec at school and we tinkered with it until we matched the recipe made by the tutu down the block. Always good for a neighborhood luau, or a take-along to a potluck party. Serve with soy sauce and garlic bread.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
26 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
10 servings


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon Hawaiian sea salt, or to taste

  • 2 (16 ounce) boxes fettuccine

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (12 ounce) can cooked luncheon meat (such as SPAM®), cut into tiny pieces

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages bean sprouts

  • 1 (10 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained (Optional)

  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2 carrots, grated

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped, divided


  1. Fill a large pot with water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sea salt; bring to a rolling boil. Stir in fettuccine and cook over medium heat until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with butter and black pepper.

  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, luncheon meat, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and liquid smoke; cook and stir until beef is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer beef mixture to a plate lined with paper towels using a slotted spoon.

  3. Stir bean sprouts, mushrooms, scallions, carrots, and half of the cilantro into the grease in the skillet. Cook and stir until bean sprouts are wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Return beef mixture to the skillet; stir until reheated, about 2 minutes.

  4. Mix beef and bean sprout mixture into the fettucine in the bowl. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

Cook's Note:

Substitute kalua pork for the ground beef if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

654 Calories
29g Fat
75g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 654
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 943mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 589mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.