Stir Fried Beef and Broccoli . . .

The New York Times once called Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge, the "Stir-Fry Guru." This adaptation of her beef and broccoli is a great example. Mixed with soy sauce, ginger, and rice wine, the beef caramelizes slightly when it hits the hot wok, lending it a deeper, richer flavor. Blanch the broccoli florets first to cut down on stir-fry time, but you can toss them in raw if you don't want to bother. 

 

SERVES 4

 

Ingredients:

3⁄4 lb. flank steak, cut into 2" wide strips, 1⁄4" thick

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. plus 1 tbsp. Shao Hsing rice wine

1 1⁄2 tsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 (1⁄2") piece ginger, peeled and minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tbsp. chicken broth

2 tbsp. oyster sauce

2 tsp. dark soy sauce

2 tbsp. peanut oil

12 oz. broccoli florets and stems, cut into 1⁄4" thick pieces, blanched

1 tbsp. fermented black beans, rinsed and mashed

1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

Cooked white rice, for serving

 

Instructions:

 

     Toss beef, soy sauce, 2 tsp. rice wine, cornstarch, sesame oil, ginger, salt, and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine remaining rice wine, the chicken broth, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce. Heat 1 tbsp. peanut oil in a 12" wok or nonstick skillet over high; cook black beans and garlic until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add beef in a single layer and cook, without stirring, about 1 minute; stir, and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer beef to a plate. Heat remaining peanut oil and cook onions until translucent, 2 minutes. Add broccoli and stir fry until heated through, 2 minutes; add beef and its juices plus reserved sauce. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve with rice.

 

Source: Saveur on-line