Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Well, you don't have to get takeaways - Chinese food is as simple as Italian; it's mostly stir frying and you just need two or three basic condiments. My friend James complained about gloopy cornstarch - my recipe does use cornstarch, but in very moderate amounts, and I swear the resulting sauce is Not gloopy in any way.
So here's what you need:
1 pound broccoli (can be a bit more)
1/2 pound beef (for stir fry)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tea spoon chopped ginger
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1.5 tablespoon oystersauce (+ 3 tablespoons of water)
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
(I added a lone yellow ball zucchini because it was lying forlornly on the counter. I also thought it might give the dish a nice splash of color!)
Take your beef and slice it into strips, if not sold that way. Any kind of beef will do, as long as it's not too tough and sinewy. Pour one tablespoon of the Shaoxing wine and add two teaspoons of cornstarch (don't be afraid!) Mix with your hand briefly and set aside. This should tenderize the meat a bit.