Beef and Broccoli

Happy Chinese & Vietnamese New Year!  (including all other countries that celebrate this day too!)

My Chinese (year of the rabbit) New Year's Resolution will be:  to break you of the habit of bad Chinese take-out!  Not to be confused with good Chinese take-out.  There is a huge difference between the good, the bad and the very ugly of Chinese take-out.  I am sure you will agree.  Regardless, this will be the end of the road for the bad and very ugly for you. 

Go home and make your own very good Chinese take-out instead.  To make it more authentic, you are even allowed to eat on the coffee table in front of your television.

Let's start with a good basic.  This passes the test in my my house, not too hard either.  Once you get the steps down, it's just stirring everything in at the right time. 

Beef and Broccoli
Print recipe here
1 ½ lb. top sirloin or top round steak (Cut thin across grain)
2 heaping TB corn starch
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp. peanut oil
1 TB garlic, minced
¼ C water
¼ C soy sauce/ tamari
¼ C organic brown sugar
½ tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp chili garlic sauce (like this)
1 medium onion, sliced
1- 16 oz. bag frozen broccoli florets
¼ C peanut oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
fresh steamed jasmine rice

1. Slice meat thin (Kitchen Technique #7), put in bowl, sprinkle with cornstarch and mix in. Pour sesame oil over and mix to coat, set aside minimum of 10 minutes. This must be done first so the meat has time to tenderize with the starch.

2. Slice onion and set aside. Cook 1 whole bag of frozen broccoli for only half the cooking time on instruction, drain water and set aside. (If the bag states it will take 8 minutes to cook then only cook 4 minutes.)

3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in small sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant and golden. Add water, soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger, stir until sugar dissolves and slight boil for 2 minutes. Take off heat and stir in chili garlic sauce. (This amount does not make it very spicy.  Add to your taste or can add more over dish when plated and served.) Set sauce aside until later.

4. Add ¼ cup peanut oil to large frying pan or wok on high heat, add 2 teaspoons minced garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant and golden. Add beef, stir fry until almost done and meat juices are coming out and thickening from corn starch. This time will depend on how thick you cut it. Add onion and broccoli, stir fry 2 minutes. Add sauce and stir fry 2 minutes, turn off heat and let bubble and thicken but careful not to overcook broccoli.

Serve over fresh steamed jasmine rice There will also be enough sauce for spooning over rice and trust me you will want to!  
良好的食物- Liánghǎo de shíwù,  meaning good food!

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1 comment:

  1. You're not kidding about there being some really bad Chinese food take-out. Beef and broccoli is one of my favorites though and this one looks delicious.

    Happy New Year!