February 23, 2009

Mongolian Beef

Ever had Mongolian Beef at P.F Chang's? If you have, there's no need to go back. If not, give this one a try and you'll never have to go there and spend $15 for it.

2 tsp veg oil
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound flank steak
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 bunch of green onions

1. Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices. Tilt the blade of your knife at about a 45 degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts. Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch to apply a very thin dusting to both sides of each piece. Let the beef sit for 10 min. so that the cornstarch sticks. In the meantime, prepare the sauce.

2. Heat the sauce by heating 2 tsp. veg oil in medium saucepan over med/low heat. Don't get the oil too hot or you'll get a major splatter when adding the other liquids. Add ginger and garlic to the pan and quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches. Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then raise the heat to med and boil the sauce for 2-3 min. or until the sauce thickens. Allow to simmer while you prepare the beef.

3. Heat (on high) the 3/4 cup of oil in a wok or skillet. Add the beef to the oil and saute for just 2 min. or until the beef just begins to darken on the edges. Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly. After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out onto paper towels, then pour the oil out of the wok. Put the pan back over the heat, dump the meat back into it and simmer for one minute. Add the sauce, cook for one minute while stirring, then add all the green onions. Cook for 1 more min., then remove the beef and onions with slotted spoon to serving plate. Leave excess sauce behind in the pan, if you dont want the extra sauce.

I, on the other hand, love sauce.... so I reduced the sauce that was left in the pan by boiling it for five minutes....and served the sauce over rice. WOW!


pink said...

Yum, looks good.

curly chub said...

oh, your new plates...nice.

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