There is something so endearing about good old beef & broccoli. Definitely a favorite from the local take-out joint, but it's actually quite easy to make at home. It's one of our regular dishes.
Beef and broccoli, like most Chinese dishes, is a lot of prep work up front, and then very quick to actually cook.
Here is what you will need:
1 large sirloin or chuck steak (about 1lb)
1-2 bunches of broccoli
1/2 medium onion
sliced ginger (we like a lot - experiment with this)
6ish cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 tsp wht pepper (black pepper works, but it looks weird)
1 Tbs mirin
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs shao xing wine (you can use sake if you have it)
1/8 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp tahini (optional)
1/4 tsp MSG
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup shao xing wine (again - or sake)
1 Tbs Oyster sauce
1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs corn starch
1 Tbs mirin
First slice up your meat. It helps to freeze it for about 25 minutes before you are ready to slice to firm it up. Makes it easier to slice thin.
place your meat in a bowl big enough to stir it around in.
Sprinkle your baking soda over the meat.
Then add your other marinade ingredients, and stir. You will let your meat sit in this mixture while you prepare everything else. (about 20 minutes. Be careful...you don't want your meat to sit too long in the baking soda as it will break down into mush....not what we are after!)
While your meat is marinating, prepare your slurry. This is the sauce you will pour over everything to make the brown yummy sauce you recognize.
Thinly slice your garlic & ginger.
And your onion.
Once you have everything prepared and ready to go (make sure you have everything you need done, because there is very little time once you start cooking.)
Heat up your pan with a little high-temp oil (vegetable, peanut, canola, etc)
Add your marinated meat with the marinade into your hot pan and stir it around.
You just want to brown your meat, not cook it too much. Remove and set it aside.
Add in your garlic & ginger and give it a stir (make sure you keep your pan nice & hot!)
After a few stirs, toss in all your broccoli and stir it a bit. You want to just barely cook your broccoli...just barely.
Add your sauce to the broccoli and keep stirring.
Keep it moving while your sauce thickens up a bit.
Add your beef and sliced onions.
Give it a stir to distribute / warm up your onions.
Serve over rice!
If you are adventurous (like Tyson) you can add a little Chinese BBQ sauce to your rice. I think it tastes like what we feed the guppies (read: shrimpy / fishy) not bad, but I don't love it like Tyson does.
I prefer Chinese pickled daikon radish. Recipe coming soon.