Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Popular Beef Recipe

Beef and Peppers in Black Bean Sauce

A Cantonese recipe

4 ounces Sirloin beef sliced thin or thick steaks
3 green peppers (or red and green peppers as desired)
1/2 small onion
2 sticks of celery
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon MSG (if desired)
1 teaspoon black beans
2 cloves garlic
3 slices ginger
1/2 cup stock or hot water
2 tablespoons oil for cooking

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons oil


Place the beef in a bowl, and stir in the marinade ingredients. Marinate beef for approximately thirty minutes.
While beef is marinating, prepare the vegetables. Cut peppers, onion, and celery into 1/2 inch pieces. Mix the garlic cloves and ginger with the black beans and chop finely. Heat wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When oil is ready, add 1/2 of the black bean, garlic, and ginger mixture. Mix and add the beef. Stir-fry until the beef is approximately 60 - 65 percent cooked. Remove the beef and set aside. Add the rest of the bean mixture, onions and celery. Stir-fry for 3 - 4 minutes and add the peppers. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes longer and add 1/2 cup of stock or hot water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add MSG if desired.
Mix, taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add the beef. Mix and serve immediately.

Beef and Snow Peas in Oyster Sauce

1 pound flank steak, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 pound fresh snow peas
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger


1. Mix beef with cornstarch and soy sauce. Trim snow peas. Blanch in boiling water 1 minute until they turn bright green; drain and run under cold water. Combine oyster sauce, sherry, and sugar.
2. Heat oil in a wok. Add garlic and ginger. Stir-fry a few seconds until fragrant. Add beef and stir-fry until browned. Add oyster sauce mixture. Cook, stirring, until it begins to boil. Add snow peas and stir-fry 30 seconds longer.

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