Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Beef and Broccoli
This is a quintessential Chinese dish, found at every Chinese restaurant in America. I've tried several different recipes for Beef and Broccoli over the years, and stopped looking when I found this one. It came from my good friend Ie Li, who once told me that she spent a good portion of her growing up years playing under the table at Chinese restaurants. That's all the qualification I needed to trust her Asian faire.
Beef and Broccoli
Recipe by Ie Li Zachrison
1 lb flank steak, sliced across the grain into strips 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick
3 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs chicken broth
2 Tbs oyster sauce
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs cornstarch
6 cloves garlic, mined
1 Tbs minced fresh ginger
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 lb broccoli florets
1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
3 medium scallions (green onions), cut on the diagonal into 1/2" pieces
Combine the beef and soy sauce in a medium bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour. Meanwhile, whisk chicken broth, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Combine the garlic, ginger, and 1 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil in a separate small bowl.
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a nonstick 12-inch skillet over high heat until smoking. Drain the beef and discard the liquid. Add the beef to the skillet and break up the clumps. Cook without stirring for 1 minute, then stir and cook until the beef is brown around the edges, about 30 seconds. Remove the beef to a serving bowl.
Add 1 tsp oil to the empty skillet and heat until smoking. Add broccoli and stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer into the bowl with the beef.
Add the remaining oil to the empty skillet and heat until smoking. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Clear the center of the skillet and add the garlic and ginger mixture, mashing with a spoon until fragrant, about 15-20 seconds. Stir the mixture into the peppers, then return the beef and broccoli to the pan, stirring to combine. Pour the sauce over everything and stir and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 30 seconds. Transfer to the serving bowl, sprinkle with scallions, and serve over steamed rice.