Monday, December 16, 2013
A classic Chinese dish, Mongolian Beef uses thinly sliced flank steak strips and stir-fries it in a spicy sweet sauce made from soy sauce, dark brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chili peppers and lots of onions. This quick and easy Asian stir-fry dish makes for a great weeknight meal simply served with a side of jasmine steamed rice.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Special Tools: Large skillet or wok
1 lb Flank Steak cut into thin slices (about 1/8 inch thick)
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (divided)
1 Medium Yellow Onion sliced (julienne slices)
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1/2 inch Ginger sliced
6-8 Dried Chile De Arbol (optional for hot & spicy)
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
5 Green Onions (cut into 1/2 length pieces)
Season the beef with salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the cornstarch onto a plate. Dredge the seasoned meat in the cornstarch until it is lightly coated on all sides. Reserve one tablespoon of the remaining cornstarch.
In a large skillet or wok, place 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over high heat until it shimmers. Toss in the the beef and give it a quick stir fry to brown the meat on all sides (about 3-4 minutes). Transfer the beef to a plate lined with paper towel and set aside.
Add the remaining oil to the hot skillet or wok. Toss in the onions and stir fry until soft and translucent (about 4-5 minutes). Add the garlic, ginger and dried chiles and stir fry the ingredients until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the reserved 1 tablespoon cornstarch onto the ingredients and stir until well combined. Pour in the soy sauce, water and brown sugar. Stir the ingredients and bring the sauce to a slow simmer. Let simmer for about 3 minutes to thicken the sauce. Return the beef to the pan and quickly stir fry with the sauce until well coated (about 2 minutes). Remove the skillet or wok from the heat and stir n the green onions. Serve hot with a side of steamed jasmine rice and enjoy.
Posted by Food Lunatic