Chinese Crispy Beef

Chinese Crispy Beef
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Author: The Spanish Wok
Date: 5-28-12
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 35 minutes
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Homemade Chinese Crispy Beef. Easty to do and delicious with steamed rice.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Approx 230g beef fillet
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbs cornflour
  • 2 tsp 5 spice powder
  • Oil for deep frying
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and cut into very thin batons
  • A bunch of spring onions, finely shredded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1" piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 Red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 tbs Caster sugar
  • 3 tbs Rice vinegar
  • 1-2 tbs Light soy sauce (see note below)
  • Cornflour paste (1 tbs cornflour, mixed with 2 tbs cold water)

Recipe Steps:

  • Cut the beef into very thin long strips and dust with a little cornflour.
  • Make up the batter by placing cornflour in a medium bowl with the salt and five spice powder, make a well in the centre and add the beaten eggs. Mix well to form a smooth, lump free batter than mix in the beef strips and stir well to coat beef.
  • Get your oil nice and hot to 190 whilst preparing ingredients for sauce.
  • Using tongs, pick up strips of the beef from the bowl and drop individually into the hot oil, cook in batches for approx 4-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm whilst making the sauce.
  • TIP: You can prepare the beef in advance and keep refrigerated until required, then warm though in the sauce when ready.
  • In a wok or saute pan heat 1 tbs of vegetable (or groundnut) oil. Add carrot and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Then add the spring onions, garlic, ginger and chillies. Stir fry again for a couple of minutes and add the rest of the ingredients.Once the sauce is quite thick, quickly add the beef and stir well to coat in the sauce. Serve immediately.
  • Note: Some soy sauces are a lot darker than others, add 1 tbs initially and add a second if necessary after adding the cornflour mixture. The sauce should have an orange hue to it (see photo)

Serving Size: 4
Preparation Time: 35 minutes

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