Thursday, August 21, 2014

Marinated Beef Strips with Broccoli

I originally saw the recipe on a friend's Pinterest board. For some reason I can't locate it anymore. Good news is that I've printed out the recipe and made over 100 times already. I follow everything --- you know how I like to follow --- except for the soy sauce amount.

The originally recipe called for a 1/2 cup soy sauce OR 1/4 cup of soy sauce and 1/4 water. I totally ignored the first option, since that's an insanely amount of soy sauce. My very first batch was done with the 1/4 cup soy sauce + 1/4 cup water option. It's quite yummy, but the kind that's accompanied by a lot of rice and probably big amount of water after meal. Even as a 3-year soy sauce OD survivor, I couldn't approve it 100 percent.

I then halved the soy sauce amount to 1/8 cup with 7/8 cup of water. It turned out perfect every single time. I made this quick meal again as my lunch this week. See how I'm taking my lunches seriously these days.

Here is the edited recipe that I've been using:

For the marinate:
1.5 lbs beef strips
1/2 baking soda
1t sugar
1T cornstarch
1T low-sodium soy sauce
1T water
2T vegetable oil

Mix everything in a bowl and stir until smooth. Pour it over your beef strips and coat nicely. Cover and leave it in the fridge for at least 1 hour. (I don't always have 1 hour to marinate. What I have is the little time I'm working on the broccoli, and it seems fine.)

Other ingredients:
1/8 C soy sauce + 7/8 C water
2T brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
2T flour
1T sherry
3T vegetable oil
2 heads broccoli
  • Mix the soy sauce + water, brown sugar, garlic, flower, sherry and oil until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat 2T vegetable oil in a large wok over high heat until shimmering. Add broccoli and saute 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the remaining oil and marinated beef and stir often, until the meat the meat is cooked through. Bring the broccoli back and pour the sauce over and coat well.

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