Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Beef with broccoli


We love Chinese food. Back in NYC, we used to have so many choices for any kind of food delivery, especially Chinese. Over here, we found one good place and one second choice kind of place. But neither of them deliver!!! Devastating. But it actually turned out to be a good thing. I just make them at home a lot. Probably a lot healthier if you make it to be. 

I find this dish extremely dangerous. If you don't have strong willpower and you're on a diet on top of that, avoid making this. I ended up eating so so much. Like I haven't eaten for three days. Beef is so tender, it almost melts in your mouth and the sauce is so silky it dances with rice in your mouth. Hmm..OK, that was way too cheesy. Made my skin crawl. 

The first time I made this, I did not have low sodium soy sauce handy. So I used the same amount of regular soy sauce of suggested amount and oh boy..it was so salty!! Do not make that mistake. If you don't have low sodium one, just mix half water and half regular and it turned out just fine in my case. I changed up a couple of things too. Original recipe from Rainydaygal uses flank steak but I used boneless short ribs and it calls for flour in the sauce but I find it not necessary. I actually prefer the consistency of the sauce without it. It would be nice with anything but to me, white rice seemed to be the best 'culinary choice' for this dish. Enjoy the deliciousness!


Beef with broccoli

Printable recipe

Ingredients :

1 1/2 lbs short ribs, sliced into thin bite size
2 heads broccoli, crowns only
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp chopped spring onion
1/2 tsp sesame seeds

1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil 

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce(or mix 1/4 water and 1/4 regular soy sauce)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp sherry or mirin(optional)

Direction :

1. Whisk all the ingredients together for marinade and marinate the beef in the fridge for at least an hour.
2. Mix all the sauce ingredients except the vegetable oil.

3. In a wok or a large pan, heat 2 Tbsp vegetable oil and sate broccoli until it's crunchy for about 3minutes and set aside.

4. reduce the heat to medium-high and add the remaining vegetable oil, saute the marinated beef with half of the sauce until the meat is no longer pink(3-4minutes).

5. stir in broccoli and the remaining sauce, saute for a minute

6. Garnish with chopped spring onion and sesame seeds and serve.


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