Saturday, June 21, 2008

Beef with Broccoli


8 oz beef sliced thinly across the grain (I use rib or sirloin)
1 bunch broccoli
1 medium onion
1 stalk green onion
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium carrot
3 slices ginger, minced

2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp broth


Mix light soy sauce, oyster sauce, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp pepper with beef. Use your hands to mix it all in really good. Then add 1/2 tsp corn starch and 1/2 tsp sesame oil and mix that all in. Light soy doesn't add too much colour and it is a bit saltier. Oyster sauce is given considering the ethnicity of the dish and the sugar helps balance the saltiness of the oyster and soy sauces.


Cut up your broccoli florets in even pieces. Don't forget to use all of the stalks that aren't woody and dry. Make sure they are in even pieces. A 1/2 inch thick is probably good for all of the vegetables. Do the same with the carrots and onions. The green onions can be sliced in either 2 inch pieces or however you like.

Steam the vegetables:

Next, setup a vegetable steamer and add the carrots first. After 2 minutes, then add the broccoli pieces.

Precook the beef:

Add 2 tbsp oil to smoking hot wok and swirl to coat. Add beef and gently stir-fry the beef. The beef is ready when it is medium rare. Remove from heat and place in a bowl.


1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 pinch of pepper, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp broth, 1 tsp cornstarch. Mix well and make sure that the corn starch is completely dissolved to avoid lumps.


Add green onion, onion, garlic and ginger to very hot wok. Stir fry for about 30 seconds, until you can smell the aroma. Add broccoli and carrots. Add pinch of salt, pinch of sugar, and a bit of oil to help keep the veggies green. Make sure to stir constantly and keep the heat high. Work fast!

Add the beef, but leave the released juices in the bowl. It will affect the dish. The beef will be reheated and cooked in about 1 minute. Add the sauce, and stir until thickened. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil. Serve.


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