Urana lady pens popular recipe that is shared generations later

WHEN Urana’s Anne Bourke shared a recipe for chow mein many years ago it would be hard to gauge just how far it might travel. 

The recipe appeared in a Catholic Women’s League Diocese cook book and has been picked up by families from the Riverina and beyond.

One of the people who enjoys sharing the recipe with her family is food blogger Lo Corcoran.


  • 500 grams of beef mince, 1 x large brown onion, finely chopped, 2 x cloves of garlic, crushed, splash of olive oil, for frying the onions and garlic, 2 x tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 x tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 x teaspoon of sugar, a really good amount of salt and freshly cracked pepper, 1 x heaped teaspoon of curry powder, 1 x chicken noodle soup sachet, 2 x cups of water, 1 x carrot, peeled and grated, 3 x celery stalks, finely sliced, a handful of green beans, ends trimmed and chopped in to 2cm lengths, 1 x tablespoon of uncooked medium grain rice (to add to the mince uncooked), 1/4 of a white cabbage, shredded, cooked medium grain rice, to serve (I use 1 x large mug full of rice to 1 1/2 of the same mugs full of water and cook in a saucepan for roughly 12 minutes).

Mrs Corcoran grew up in Sydney and is one of five children and now lives in Wagga. One of the family favourite recipes, that has been shared through the generations, is beef chow mein.

It was written by Urana’s Anne Bourke and contains easy-to-find pantry staples. This recipe is enjoyed by Mrs Corcoran’s husband Tim and children Charlotte, 4, and Annabelle, 2. However, in recent times, through social media, Mrs Corcoran was able to make contact with Mrs Bourke’s son Pat Bourke of Urana. “I plan to go to Urana with the girls and have a cup of tea with her (Anne Bourke),” Mrs Corcoran said. 

Mrs Corcoran enjoys writing for her food-blog titled Lo’s Kitchen. She draws on inspiration from many of the country cooks like Mrs Bourke. 

“It just shows how social media can be really positive as an engagement tool,” she said. 

Find full recipe and method and others at https://loskitchen.com.au/