Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Beef with Broccoli

Surprisingly, my 2 sons LOVE broccoli. And other cruciferous vegetables too. I've fed them cauliflower, kale, rapini, broccolini, chinese broccoli, broccoflower, bok choy, cabbage, watercress, and even the dreaded brussel sprouts. They will eat them all! In fact, among Son #2's favorite foods is kale. Weird, no?

Stir fried beef with broccoli, because it's a complete meal in itself (with rice of course), is a staple recipe in our household. The thing about today's version is that...

...the hubby cooked it! Yes, my husband, whose culinary skill is limited to frying Spam, actually cooked. Of course I did most of the prep work like slicing the beef. But his first foray into cooking was a resounding success :-) Sa uulitin! Hehe!

Beef with Broccoli

300-400 grams flank steak, sliced across the grain into thin pieces
2 tbsp chinese cooking wine
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup beef broth
4-5 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar

2 heads broccoli, cut into florets

2 tbsp oil
4 slices ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
3 stalks green onion, chopped into 2 inch pieces

1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tsp water
sesame oil

1. Marinate beef in next 3 ingredients for abour 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, parboil broccoli. We use a microwave broccoli steamer. Make sure not to over cook.
3. Mix the ingredients for the sauce together. Set aside.
4. In a stir fry pan (I use a wok but I let hubby use a non-stick pan--less tricky to work with), heat 2 tbsp oil. When hot, put in garlic, ginger and green onions. Saute for about a minute.
5. Put in beef. Spread around pan to let it caramelize a bit. Don't touch for about a minute then start sauteeing with the aromatics.
6. Once the beef is no longer pink, add broccoli and sauce mixture.
7. When the sauce comes to a boil, add in the cornstarch mixture and cook until the sauce thickens.
8. Add a few drops of sesame oil to finish the dish.

This dish comes together in no time at all. The only thing is that you have to work fast because you're going to be working with high heat. Such is the beauty of stir-fry. It's quick, easy, relatively healthful and delicious. Plus, you can let your husband do it.

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