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Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli

Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli

This is an imperative dish to master in the School of Stir-Fry. Okay, so such a school doesn't really exists but if it did, you'd need to know how to cook a great Beef and Broccoli stir-fry in order to pass with flying colours. The technique of stir-frying is not complex at all, all it requires is for you to have all your prep work done (garlic chopped up, carrots julienned, mushrooms sliced, protein cut up into bite-sized chunks etc), have your wok nice and hot, and finally to have a flexible wrist that can work that spatula like a kungfu master. It takes less than 15 minutes in all, and you have a fantastic dish pipping hot and ready to serve. Stir fried Beef and Broccoli

What I love about Chinese stir-fry dishes is that it often incorporates all you would need for that meal in one dish (which takes less than 15 minutes to cook) - you have your protein and your veggies, sometimes 2-3 types of different vegetables depending on your preference or what you have to work with in your pantry or refrigerator, and some dishes taste spectacular if you crack an egg into it. I also enjoy swishing the spatula in the wok, tossing the ingredients around without having to worry that I will lose half that dish to the stove as the wok is definitely large enough to accommodate all that 'wok-king' action, and the sound that is made when the metal spatula scrapes against the sides of the wok. Whenever I hear that I know a good dish is going to be served soon.

For my version of the Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli today, I have beef and broccoli (duh!), but I also threw in a red pepper cut into strips, not just because I had one in the fridge but because (1) I absolutely love bell peppers (especially the red ones), and (2) the pepper adds a lovely colour to that of the boring brown of the beef. You can also add some carrots, Shiitake mushrooms or straw mushrooms, or chopped tomatoes in together with the main attractions which are the beef and broccoli. Have fun wokking!

Stir fried Beef and Broccoli

You will need~ - 250g of Beef (cut into thin slices) - 1/2 head of a large sized Broccoli or 1 head of a small-sized Broccoli - 1 Red pepper - 2 cloves Garlic - 1 two-inch piece of Ginger - 3 Tablespoons of Oyster sauce - 4 Tablespoons Cornflour - 2 teaspoons of Sugar - 3 Tablespoons of Canola oil

Marinate the beef slices by tossing with 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and 2 tablespoons of cornflour- the cornflour will tenderize the beef. Leave the beef to marinate for at least 2-3 hours in the fridge. When you are ready to cook, prepare the vegetables by first cutting up the bell pepper into strips, then dice the garlic, next thinly slice the knob of ginger, and finally have the broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces. It's time to heat up that wok! The beef slices will be lightly cooked first in 2 tablespoons of oil. Using the spatula, gently swish the beef around so that the slices separate. Leave the beef slices in the hot wok to cook for about 30 seconds, after which transfer out of the wok into a plate and set aside. There should be some oil left in the wok at this point. Throw in the diced garlic and cook until fragrant (but not burnt), then toss in the broccoli and pepper strips. Lower the first and let the vegetables cook in the oil for a bit (20-30 seconds), then pour in half a cup of water. The broccoli will soften in the boiling water. When you see that the water has reduced slightly, reintroduce the beef slices into the wok and swish that spatula around to mix the beef with the vegetables. At the same time, add the oyster sauce and continue your spatula wrist work to coat all the ingredients in the sauce. In a separate small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of cornflour with some hot water and pour this mixture into the wok to thicken the sauce. Immediately after doing this, turn the fire off. Serve with warm steamed jasmine rice for a fantastic dinner.

Stir fried Beef and Broccoli

 

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Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese Stir-fry
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Serves: 4
Whip up a delicious meal with this recipe for the classic Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli.
Ingredients
  • 250g of Beef (cut into thin slices)
  • 1/2 head of a large sized Broccoli or 1 head of a small-sized Broccoli
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 two-inch piece of Ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons of Oyster sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Canola oil
Instructions
  1. Marinate the beef slices by tossing with 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and 2 tablespoons of cornflour- the cornflour will tenderize the beef.
  2. Leave the beef to marinate for at least 2-3 hours in the fridge.
  3. When you are ready to cook, prepare the vegetables by first cutting up the bell pepper into strips, then dice the garlic, next thinly slice the knob of ginger, and finally have the broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Heat up a wok. The beef slices will be lightly cooked first in 2 tablespoons of oil.
  5. Using the spatula, gently swish the beef around so that the slices separate. Leave the beef slices in the hot wok to cook for about 30 seconds, after which transfer out of the wok into a plate and set aside. There should be some oil left in the wok at this point.
  6. Throw in the diced garlic and cook until fragrant (but not burnt), then toss in the broccoli and pepper strips. Lower the first and let the vegetables cook in the oil for a bit (20-30 seconds), then pour in half a cup of water. The broccoli will soften in the boiling water.
  7. When you see that the water has reduced slightly, reintroduce the beef slices into the wok and swish that spatula around to mix the beef with the vegetables.
  8. At the same time, add the oyster sauce and continue your spatula wrist work to coat all the ingredients in the sauce.
  9. In a separate small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of cornflour with some hot water and pour this mixture into the wok to thicken the sauce. Immediately after doing this, turn the fire off.
  10. Serve with warm steamed jasmine rice for a fantastic dinner.

  Need even more reason to include broccoli into your diet? Head over and read this awesome article listing the "42 Health Benefits of Broccoli"



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