Hunan Beef

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hunanBefore we begin…

  • 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

  1. In a medium bowl combine beef, egg white and 1 TBL cornstarch.
  2. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In another bowl mix together soy sauce and chili paste.
  4. Mix in 1½ tsp cornstarch, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375°F.
  6. Deep fry strips of beef in batches for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Drain on paper towels.
  8. Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Add the sauce mixture to the wok and cook until it becomes thickened and bubbly.
  10. Mix in cooked beef strips and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Remove beef and sauce from the pan to a platter and set aside.
  12. Wipe the fry pan clean.
  13. Heat 1 T. of oil in the wok or skillet over medium high heat.
  14. Add sherry and salt.
  15. Add broccoli florets and stir fry for 1 minute.
  16. 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.

This is a recipe that has been created by Robert (Grandpa) Andrews.
Look for Grandpa's Cookbook coming soon. © 2016.



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