Black Pepper Beef
PREP TIME: 30 minutes


Western cooks may consider Oriental cooking beyond their reach. This simple Beef with Spinach recipe will allow the novice to create the unique flavor of Chinese food in a Wok or skillet right in your home kitchen, and best of all, the ingredients may be found in the specialty food section of any large supermarket or Oriental store.


  • ½ lb. beef sirloin, cut in long strips
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce (cooking wine)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cucumber (cut in strips)
  • 2 cups carrot (cut in strips)
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 3 sections green onion (1 inch long)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Blend 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, soy sauce and cornstarch with beef to prevent meat from sticking together during frying. In a wok or large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add cucumbers and carrots and stir-fry 2-3 minutes, then remove and keep warm. To hot wok, add 2 additional tablespoons vegetable oil. Add green onions, ginger and garlic cloves. Stir-fry, stirring often 5 to 7 minutes, or until beef reaches desired doneness. In small mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons water with Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, cornstarch. Blend and add to the skillet stirring constantly until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add cucumber and carrots and blend well.

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