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Chinese Beef Strip Marinade

Posted by liz at  May 26, 2001

Source: Cookin' Dad

As you may already know, I was busy most of this week and last weekend entertaining out-of-town guests which ate up all of my spare time In spite of being busy, I did, however, have a chance to get in the kitchen. This is one thing I came up with the other evening. My wife and kids liked it. Hope you do too.

1 1/2 pounds 1 to 1 1/2-inch pencil-thin beef strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch (for tenderizing beef)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg white
Approximately 2 cups broccoli or any crisp
    green vegetable (I used dried tou fu)

About 3 hours before preparation time, mix all marinade ingredients except cornstarch and egg white. Put beef strips in Pyrex dish and pour marinade over them. Make sure all pieces have chance to be submerged in marinade. Next, gradually sprinkle cornstarch over beef, gently massaging it into meat. Place beef in refrigerator for about 3 hours.

Before you are ready to stir-fry beef, beat egg white until frothy. Place in beef mixture, making sure it is evenly distributed. Heat a couple of table spoons of oil in wok and stir-fry vegetables. Remove from wok and set aside. Next, add a little oil and stir-fry beef mixture, being careful not to overcook it. The last step is to add the vegetables and mix together with beef mixture. I actually liked this dish because it wasn't necessary to make a sauce - tasty without it. If you want to, you can also mix in a little oyster sauce or a combination of oyster sauce and soy sauce, adding just enough to coat beef and vegetables in wok. This should be done just before beef and vegetable mixture is removed from fire. I actually had enough liquid leftover after stir-frying.

Serve over white rice.

P.S. This recipe has a lot of beef in it. If you want, you can use a little less beef and more vegetables which would be more authentic.

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