Moo Shu Beef Stirfry - Slender Kitchen

Moo Shu Beef Stirfry

By Kristen Mccaffrey
adapted from:
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(6 PointsPlus®)

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My original plan was to start today’s post with a little history/etymology about moo shu but then quickly realized that I may be the only one wondering why it is called moo shu, so I will let you off the hook. Curious? Read here.

So instead I will share some of the stranger things I found while reading up on this traditional Chinese take-out dish. First, mooshu (one word) can also refer to “any of the couch dwelling computer gamers from Georgia.” Just plain weird. It can also refer to a popular comedy show in Boston and Philly called the “Moo Shu Jew” show where people watch Jewish stand up comedians and eat Chinese food. Sounds fun. And finally, it is sometimes short for a misguided indie movie about two Chinese travelers. May just have to rent it.

Food wise? Moo shu is a dish typically made with pork but also sometimes made with beef, shrimp, tofu, or chicken. There are lots of variations and debate about how it is made. The version I am sharing uses Hoisin, a Chinese barbecue sauce, paired with some ginger, garlic, and Asian chilie paste and quickly stir-fried with beef and cabbage. Dinner in under 15 minutes.

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  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 U garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger root, minced
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or other Asian chile paste (or more)
  • 1 lb lean sirloin steak, cut into strips (for stir-fry)
  • Cooking spray
  • 14 oz cabbage slaw mix
  • 6 U green onions, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, fresh, minced

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1.25 cups (267g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 68mg
Sodium 451mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 10g
Protein 27g


  1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, vinegar, and Asian chile paste in a bowl.
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet over high heat. Once hot, spray with cooking spray and add the beef. Cook for 3-4 minutes until done to your liking.
  4. Remove the beef and set aside. Add more cooking spray and add the scallions, cabbage, and sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until cabbage is cooked.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the beef. Top with cilantro.
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