Quick and easy meal to throw together on a busy night. The beef can marinate while getting the veggies ready, saving on time.
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. dry sherry
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 fat garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger root
200g lean sirloin steaks, thinly sliced across the grain
1 tbsp. sunflower oil
1 large carrot, julienned
1/2 red pepper, julienned
1/2 onion, sliced and halved
1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
3 tbsp. hoisin sauce
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds, to serve
Vermicelli, to serve
1. Mix together the soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, garlic and ginger in a shallow dish. Add the steak and leave to marinate for about 20 minutes (or longer, if you have time).
2. Heat oil a large frying pan or wok until hot. Add the steak with the marinade and stir fry for 3-4 minutes over a high heat until lightly browned. Remove, using a slotted spoon, on to a plate, leaving the juices in the pan.
3. Toss the carrots in the pan and stir fry for a few minutes. Add onion, red pepper and cabbage; cook for another few minutes until veggies are slightly softened.
4. Return the steak to the pan; toss everything together. Add the hoisin sauce and stir fry for a final minute.
5. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately over vermicelli.
Best part about this recipe is the versatility of the veggies. The original recipe called for only carrots, snow peas and mushrooms. I didn’t have snow peas or mushrooms so I used onion, red pepper and cabbage (that was what was in my fridge). You can use almost any combination of veggies: broccoli, other peppers, green beans, baby bok choy, etc. To save on time, I prepared the veggies while the meat was marinating.
I didn’t have any dry sherry so I used equal parts chicken broth. Instead of sunflower oil, I used canola oil (you could also use vegetable oil). And I forgot about the sesame seeds… I didn’t realize until we were about half way through the meal.
I served the stir fry over vermicelli (gluten free!) but you could also use rice or any other Chinese/Asian noodles.