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Stir-Fried Beef with Mixed Vegetables

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Serves 4 to 6

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 125

The Sichuan preserved vegetable in this stir-fry adds a burst of salty, spicy, tangy flavor that offsets the fresh vegetables and rich, tender beef. Serve with long-grain rice.

For the beef
  • 2 Tbs. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Pinch of freshly ground white pepper
  • 3/4 lb. beef tenderloin, trimmed of any silverskin, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
For the stir-fry
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and smashed
  • 2 small serrano chiles, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 small cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 oz. snow peas, cut on the diagonal into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 Tbs. canned shredded Sichuan preserved vegetable, drained (or whole, cut into matchsticks)
  • 2 Tbs. Chinese Chicken Broth or lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
Marinate the beef

In a large bowl, whisk the oyster sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, Shaoxing, sugar, cornstarch, and pepper. Add the beef and toss to thoroughly coat. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Make the stir-fry

Heat a 14-inch wok over high heat for 45 seconds. Add 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil and swirl it around the sides of the wok to coat. When a wisp of white smoke appears, add the ginger and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 20 to 30 seconds. Add the chiles, carrot, bell pepper, cucumber, snow peas, bamboo shoots, and preserved vegetable and stir-fry until the vegetables are brightly colored and just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large plate; discard the ginger.

In a small bowl, stir the chicken broth and cornstarch until smooth; set aside.

Wipe out the wok and clean the spatula with paper towels. Return the wok to high heat for 45 seconds. Add the remaining 2-1/2 Tbs. peanut oil and swirl to coat the sides of the wok. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the beef and its marinade, spreading it in a single layer around the sides and bottom of the wok; tip the wok from side to side to keep contact with the flame so the meat browns evenly on the underside, about 2 minutes. Stir the beef, add the vegetables, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Make a well in the center of the mixture, stir the cornstarch mixture to loosen, and add it to the wok. Stir the liquid until it bubbles, about 1 minute, then toss everything together and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 250; Fat (g): fat g 18; Fat Calories (kcal): 160; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4.5; Protein (g): protein g 12; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 390; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 40; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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