Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli
from Amy

For the beef:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 pound flank steak, sliced against the grain in 1/4-inch x 1-inch pieces (note: freeze the beef flat for 20 minutes first, for quick and easy slicing)

For the sauce:
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons water

For the rest:
1 large head of broccoli, cut up into florets
1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated or minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Grape seed or other neutral oil


In a medium bowl, stir together the cornstarch, baking soda, salt, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water. Add the beef and mix until well coated. Set aside.

In another small bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce; whisk until well combined. Set aside.

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a saucepan with a steamer. Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5 minutes, or until a floret can just be pierced by a fork. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.

Remove the beef from the bowl and pat dry with paper towels. In a wok, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil until very hot. Add the beef and stir fry for 4 to 5 minutes, until just cooked through. Transfer meat to a colander to drain.

Wipe out the pan with paper towels and reheat the wok over high. Add about another 2 tablespoons oil and heat until very hot. Add the onion and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until soft and slightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Pour in the rice wine vinegar to deglaze the pan. When it has mostly evaporated, add the sauce, stir, and bring to a boil.

Add the cooked beef and steamed broccoli and stir fry until the sauce thickens and everything is heated through, another 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve over Jasmine rice.


Amy gave this family favorite to me a long time ago and I'm upset with myself for waiting so long to give it a proper go. This is absolute perfection. Savory, sweet, beefy perfection. I didn't even want to add spicy sauce to it... it's an Asian stir fry and I didn't want to add heat... now THAT'S love.