I love Chinese food. The non-authentic kind. The kind that comes out of paper containers that is delivered to your door. My issue? My husband is very allergic to MSG so if we want Chinese food, I have to make it myself.
I got this book out of the library that has Chinese-restaurant-style recipes, unfortunately, it is out of print so I am going to have to test them out before returning the book to the library.
The following recipe is inspired by the book’s Beef with Broccoli recipe but as usual, I changed it up to make it my own. This made quite a lovely dinner and was very easy and did not require a lot of ingredients. This is a good beginner’s recipe! It is fast and easy to make, I will definitely be making this one again.
Suzie’s Beef with Broccoli
1 nice-size steak, enough for 2 people
4 tbsp tamari (if you have it) soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp mirin
1 tsp black bean sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 bunch of broccoli, cleaned
1″ piece of peeled and grated ginger
6 tbsp oil
salt and pepper
- Trim fat from meat and cut into thin strips across the grain, the meat should be around 3″ long.
- Combine meat with wet ingredients and sugar. Let sit in the fridge for 10 minutes
- Cut off the florets and trim into bite-sized pieces. Peel the stalk and slice on a bias to make thin diagonal slices.
- Heat pan and add 2 tbsp of oil. Add broccoli and season with salt, pepper and some of the ginger, like 1 tsp. Stir fry, moving constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from pan.
- Add remaining oil and add beef, sauce and ginger. Again, stir fry moving constantly for 2 minutes. If beef is not cooked at this point, cook a little longer. Return broccoli and mix well and reheat for 30 seconds. Serve on rice and add some toasted nuts if you like.