Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday’s Bread Bowl: Chinese Crispy Beef

A homey and simple rendition

The Mixed Stew Crew is happy to pass on this recipe for Chinese crispy beef.  The combination of slightly sweet and spicy seasonings enhances the natural beef taste.  Here’s the recipe:

What you will need:

1 wooden spatula
1 cutting board
1 large bowl
1 large wok
1 medium-sized bowl
1 serving plate layered w/ paper towels
3 carrots, chopped into small cubes
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups canola oil
1 ½ lb – 2 lbs beef steak, chopped into small cubes
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 -3 tspns dried pepper flakes
1 tbspn granulated sugar
3 tspns garlic powder
½ tbspn sesame seeds 
Pinch of salt

Cooking and Directions:

Combine flour, pepper flakes, garlic powder, and salt in large bowl.  Place meat in bowl with dry ingredients.  Toss meat well until well-coated.  Heat up wok on high heat with 2 cups oil until hot.  Deep fry coated meat for 12 - 15 minutes until crispy.  Remove and drain crispy-fried pieces to plate layered with paper towels.  Next, discard most of the cooking oil, except for 3 tablespoons, from wok.  Leave wok on stove at medium-high heat.  Sautee onion, garlic, and carrots for 8 to 10 minutes until onion turn translucent.  Return beef to wok and toss well while pouring in soy sauce.  Add granulated sugar to ingredients while constantly stirring.  Finally, sprinkle sesame seeds over cooked ingredients.  Serve immediately with steamed rice.

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