As the name implies, this was another simple dish: stir-fried beef pieces with peppers (and onions). For this meal I wanted to try the pre-cut beef that I found in the frozen section of my supermarket. I didn’t have bell peppers, nor did my produce person, so I used lajiao (hot chili peppers) instead. I’m so glad that I did! The spiciness of the peppers off-set the semi-sweet taste of the meat. I only bought two, but four would’ve been more sufficient. I was also out of five-spice powder, so I used some Indian garam masala seasoning (Editor’s Note: the garam masala was from America, but could easily be made with Chinese ingredients, and is almost the same as five-spice, minus that pesky star anise). P.S. The leftovers were an awesome filling for a breakfast omelet!
Onto the cooking!
First, I cooked the beef in the wok with some olive and peanut oil…
Then I added chopped onions…
Then the sauce…
Once the meat was browned, I added the peppers…
Then cooked until the peppers were crispy…
The Recipe! (About 5 Servings)
What you need:
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon of corn flour
- 1 teaspoon chicken bullion
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 pound beef, stripped or cubed
- 4 chili peppers (2 red, 2 green)*, stripped
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
- Peanut and/or olive oil
What to do:
- Stir-fry meat and five-spice powder in oil until meat is almost browned.
- Add the onions; stir-fry for two minutes.
- Add the sauce and peppers; fry until peppers are a little crispy.
- Serve over brown rice.
Beef with Peppers