July 26, 2003

Stir-Fried Beef in Oyster Sauce

For Thursday night's meal, I tried out something from a cookbook that my parents gave me for Christmas a couple years back: The Complete Wok & Stir-Fry Cookbook edited by Linda Doeser.* At first glance, this book looks rather unprepossessing. In this case the old adage is true....the cover doesn't in any way represent the quality of the recipes and techniques inside.

Stir-Fried Beef in Oyster Sauce

1 lb rump steak
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP cornflour
3 TBSP vegetable oil
1 TBSP chopped garlic
1 TBSP chopped ginger
8 oz mixed mushrooms (straw, oyster, shiitake)
2 TBSP oyster sauce
1 tsp granulated sugar
4 spring onions, cut into short lengths
freshly ground black pepper
2 red chillies, cut into strips

Slice the beef, on the diagonal, into long strips. Mix together soy sauce and cornflour, stir in beef and marinate 1-2 hours. Heat half the oil in the wok (or frying pan). Add garlic and ginger and fry until fragrant. Stir in beef. Cook about two minutes and set aside in separate bowl. Heat remaining oil, add mushrooms, and cook until tender. Return beef to wok. Add oyster sauce, sugar, and pepper. Mix well. Add the spring onions. Mix together. Serve garnished with strips of chilli.

Serves 4-6.

*I tried to find this cookbook online and had little luck, though the editor appears to have a significant backlist of other work. I have absolutely no idea where my parents stumbled across it. The best I can do is Ultimate Wok & Stir-Fry Cookbook, perhaps an updated version?

Posted by Jennifer at July 26, 2003 9:54 AM

I'm still rather amazed that your parents, who, as I understand it, don't have a great fondness for Asian food, ended up getting you a book with such great recipes. This one definitely ended up being very tasty, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes Chinese food.

Posted by: Michael at July 28, 2003 8:22 PM
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