Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mongolian Beef

I've never had Mongolian Beef with ground beef before, but that is exactly what Kylie Kwong suggests in her recipe for it in her Simply Chinese Cooking cookbook. I would prefer to learn a recipe using flank steak or something similar to what I get when I order Chinese takeout, but I agree with Kylie, the ground beef gives this dish a light texture and it hold the flavor really well. I don't think it tasted the same as it does when I order takeout, but I liked it anyways.

This is a dish I think everyone will love. It's kind of like tacos. Just good flavor with ground beef. In fact, I used the leftovers for some breakfast tacos. So I crossed cuisines from asian stir-fry over to tex-mex. It seems like you can put anything in breakfast tacos, so I thought "why not"? I scrambled a few eggs and then mixed in the leftovers while reheating and then wrapped them up in a flour tortilla. It was really good. Look for a roundup of this month's Leftover Tuesdays at ceres & bacchus next week.

Mongolian Beef
(serves 4)

1 lb. 4 oz. quality ground beef
5 cups finely shredded Chinese cabbage
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons shao hsing wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon malt vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 small carrot, peeled and finely sliced
1/2 medium-sized red pepper, finely sliced
3/4 cup finely sliced scallions

2 tablespoons shao hsing wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon finely diced ginger
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Combine ground beef with marinade ingredients in a large bowl, cover, and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, place cabbage and salt in a large bowl, mixing together well with your hands to combine. Stand for 15 minutes then rinse under cold water and drain. Use your hands to squeeze out any excess liquid.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a hot wok until surface seems to shimmer slightly. Add half the marinated beef and stir-fry for 30 seconds, breaking up any lumps with a wok spoon. Remove from the wok with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add remaining oil to hot wok, stir in remaining beef and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Return reserved beef mixture to the wok with wine or sherry, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, vinegar and sesame oil and stir-fry for 30 seconds.

Toss in reserved cabbage, carrot and pepper and stir-fry for a further minute. Stir through scallions, reserving just a little to garnish, and remove from heat.

Spoon beef into a serving bowl, sprinkle with remaining scallions and serve.


Michael Tosatto said...

This looks good. Your pictures are always done well.

Jin Hooi said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe, i made this last week and it was great !!

buffiona said...

Are you kidding me?, Ground beef? I would think that a tender cut of beef would be more appropriate for this dish!