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.