- If you want to know the differences between some of these traditional Chinese dishes, CLICK HERE.
- Hunan Beef is very spicy, and is sometimes difficult to distinguish from a Sichuan meal. There are minor differences in vegetables and seasonings. Hunan uses hot Thai peppers.
Ingredients to feed 4 people
|¾ lb flank steak (sliced into thin strips)
1 egg white
1 T. cornstarch
oil (for frying)
4 c. broccoli florets
1 T. dry sherry
⅛ teaspoon salt
|2 T. soy sauce
1 T. chili paste with garlic
1½ t. cornstarch
½ t. sugar
Several drops sesame oil (to taste)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
Step by Step
- In a medium bowl combine beef, egg white and 1 TBL cornstarch.
- Mix well and set aside.
- In another bowl mix together soy sauce and chili paste.
- Mix in 1½ tsp cornstarch, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375°F.
- Deep fry strips of beef in batches for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the sauce mixture to the wok and cook until it becomes thickened and bubbly.
- Mix in cooked beef strips and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove beef and sauce from the pan to a platter and set aside.
- Wipe the fry pan clean.
- Heat 1 T. of oil in the wok or skillet over medium high heat.
- Add sherry and salt.
- Add broccoli florets and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Serve broccoli with the beef mixture and white rice.
Oh, one more thing…
Hunan cuisine, a recognized Chinese cuisine, is also referred to as Xiang Cai and is characterized by its aromatic, spicy and delicious food. Hunan food is indeed a strong flavored spicy version of Szechuan food. A pungent flavor in all dishes makes food here unique and chili, shallot and pepper are used in almost all the food preparations of Hunan cuisine.
- Hunan, which is situated at South Eastern China, is also called as land of fish and rice because of the abundance of the two.
- Due to the humidity in the air and hot climate, peppers are excessively used in Hunan food in order to take out the body heat by sweating.
Among all the Chinese cuisine, Hunan cuisine is considered best and spiciest. Sweet and sour sauce has its origin in Hunan.
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