Friday, May 11, 2012

Food Friday - Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef
adapted from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Chinese food is a favorite of ours but making it at home has always been a struggle.  I decided to try out this recipe and we really like it a lot.  It's a sweet recipe but the flavor is so good and the crunchy texture to the beef from the cornstarch just makes it perfect. 

  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced (I used ground ginger and it was fine)
  • 2 tbsp Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce
  • 1 cup Dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 lb Flank steak or sirloin sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 3 Green onions sliced or 2 Cups Broccoli steamed
  • Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add ginger and garlic and let sizzle for 30 seconds, then add soy sauce. Gradually add the brown sugar and let it dissolve while stirring. Let the sauce come to a boil, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Cut the flank steak into thin strips against the grain. (Tip: Meat is easier to slice when it’s partially frozen. It will thaw quickly after sliced too!) Place meat and corn starch in a bag and shake to coat the meat. Let meat sit for 10 minutes, so the cornstarch sticks to the meat.
  • Put 1/2 c. vegetable oil in a wok/ skillet and heat on medium-high until hot. Add the meat to the wok and brown for about 4-5 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
  • Clean the pan out and return meat to pan and cook on high for about 2 more minutes. Add the sauce to the pan and cook for another minute. Add the green onions or broccoli and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice