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Beef and Broccoli

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Ingredients

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  • 1 pound beef flank or skirt steak
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 bunch broccoli (about a pound)
  • 12 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 24 dried red chilies or 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional but delicious!)
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce*
  • 1/4 chicken broth, beef broth, or water
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • For serving: rice or noodles as desired

Instructions

  1. Trim the excess fat from the steak and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the broccoli into florets and set aside.
  3. When meat is partially frozen, slice very thinly against the grain and then cut the strips into 3-4″ lengths. Toss with the soy sauce.
  4. Put 1/2 cup water in a large skillet or wok (use something you can cover with a lid) and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the broccoli and cover. Cook for one minute. Remove steamed broccoli and set aside. Pour out the water and dry the pan.
  6. Heat the oil over high for about a minute until near-smoking. Add the steak strips in a single layer and the chilies and stirfty just until the meat is browned. You may need to do this in two batches.
  7. Once all the meat is cooked, add the oyster sauce, broth, and garlic and stir to combine.
  8. Add the brocoli and toss until coated.
  9. Serve right away over rice, noodles, in a tortilla, or on its own.

Notes

*You can easily transform this into my favorite vegetarian Chinese menu item, Broccoli in Garlic Sauce, by leaving out the beef (duh) doubling the broccoli and the garlic. It’s not technically vegetarian with the oyster sauce, but it’s the way they do it in restaurants.
*Oyster sauce is made from oysters (or “oyster extract”). It’s not fishy-tasting at all, but rich and salty and briny. I encourage you to try cooking with it if you’ve never done so. However, if you’re opposed to shellfish for any reason, substitute the sauce in this recipe with:
1 teaspoon (additional) soy sauce
1/2 cup (total) chicken stock
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch of sugar
Whisk those together and add at the same time you would add the oyster sauce.

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