This recipe achieves three of four important considerations -- you get FAST, DELICIOUS and EASY, but, New York strip steaks are not all that CHEAP. Still, if you were using a lesser cut of meat, you will be at your stove for quite a bit longer to tenderize the meat. Also, the strip steaks are all lean except for the fat that gets trimmed off around the edges. You could also substitute rib-eye steak in this recipe, which work equally well. This dish (except for boiling the noodles) could also be easily carried out using a wok and a gas grill, or, even with a wok in campfire coals. If you're camping, just make the noodles up in advance and store them in a zip-lock bag in your cooler. They can be quickly reheated in a pan with a little olive oil at the campfire. In any case, I really enjoy this dish and so does my family -- for us, it's worth a little extra expense by using good steak for the beef tips, especially since it saves time.