Stir Fried Beef with Oyster Sauce

Still not in the mood of any heavy cooking today. After my success (according to my non paying customers) on the Stir Fried Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce, I felt like doing something similar for beef.

One thing I like the most about these oriental type of food is, I can mix protein with veggies in the same dish. Especially with my little one, I have to constantly think on how to sneak veggies onto her plate.

For Beef

  • 500 gr meat (try to find fat-less type, i.e. tenderloin), cut into size bites
  • 3 tbs teriyaki sauce (can be replaced with mixture of oyster sauce and light soy sauce)
  • 2 tbs cornstarch (maizena)
  • ½ cup of cooking oil for frying

For Sauce

  • 1 red pepper bell (or green or yellow), cut into small dice
  • 1 green Chili, sliced thinly diagonally
  • ½ onion, sliced thinly
  • 5 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • Ginger (the size of a thumb), sliced thinly
  • 1 stalk of spring onion, sliced diagonally
  • 2 carrots (peeled and sliced thinly – tooth-pick like)
  • 3 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs cup of water

Prepare the Beef

  • Marinate the cut beef with teriyaki sauce, at least for 30 minutes
  • Add the cornstarch and with your hands mix them all well
  • Let sit for at least 10 minutes (do not skip this step)
  • In a wok, put cooking oil and heat it up
  • Fry the beef cuts lightly, around 2 minutes in hot oil
  • Remove them from oil, set aside (do not put them on kitchen towel)

Prepare the Sauce

  • Leave 2 tbs of the oil used for frying the fish in the wok
  • Stir fry red pepper, chili, onion, garlic, spring onion, ginger and carrot
  • Add oyster sauce and sesame oil
  • Add salt and sugar (taste it, if needed add more)
  • Add water, stir a while then put back the beef cuts into the sauce
  • Stir until all mixed
  • Serve hot

Tips:

  • Unlike with fish, where the function of cornstarch to give crispy result, with beef the function is just to retain moisture in the beef, thus don’t go overboard with it.
  • When frying the beef, do it in few batches. That way each batch can be cooked in minimum time so beef will stay soft and juicy
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