General Tso’s chicken, shrimp fried rice, beef n broccoli!!! These are a few all-time favorite dishes for a gringo to order from the local Chinese takeout or eat at the neighborhood Chinese restaurant.
Well, just because they are typical doesn’t mean they can’t be flavorful!!!
First of all, please accept my apologies, work has been WORK lately and life hasn’t slowed down enough for me to write . . . with late nights at baseball games and something always on the agenda, Josh and I have been eating out quite a bit lately.
Putting together supper requires planning, defrosting and/or major preemptive shopping! But sometimes, it can be as simple as a quick stop at the local Randall’s!
So I actually cooked this meal on Monday night, after Josh’s game . . . no planning, nothing defrosted–guided only by the desire to NOT EAT OUT AGAIN!
I picked up some beef ( a butt roast, I usually buy eye of round, but they did not have any so I made due) and a few bunches of broccoli–all for under $10!!!
Here is the recipe (serving for 2):
- beef (1/2 lb eye of round, sliced for stir fry)
- broccoli (2 cups cut)
- olive oil
- minced garlic
- fish sauce
- oyster flavor sauce
- soy sauce
- onion powder
- black pepper
- garlic powder
- ginger powder
- sesame oil
- corn starch
- chili sauce *if you have small kids eating, you may not want to use this
This is the sauce:
- Rinse and slice Broccoli and set aside
- Mix Marinade for Beef – remember I am eyeballin’ it! And marinades are very forgiving on the quantities!
- Place sliced beef in a mixing bowl or ziploc bag
- Add 2-3 drops of fish sauce
- Add 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- Add 3 tbsp of oyster flavor sauce
- Few sprinkles of onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, ginger powder
- A splash of sesame oil
- tsp of the chili sauce
**You would typically marinate the beef for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. On this particular occasion, it marinated for about 5-10 minutes while I was prepping the broccoli and making the rice.
- Make Thickening sauce
1 tbsp of cornstarch or reg flour
a few drops of soy sauce
a few drops of oyster flavor sauce
1/3 cup water
Heat pan, add olive oil and minced garlic
Add broccoli and sauté (I add a tiny bit of water, a few drops of oyster flavor sauce and cover for a few minutes to cook) *If you prefer your broccoli al dente, you can remove it at the desired texture and set aside
Add the beef and sauté until almost cooked the way you want it, add the thickening sauce and stir until the sauce has thickened
Remove from pan, sprinkle with black pepper and serve with rice
It was pretty yummy this time!!! It’s always been one of Jonah’s favorites growing up! Hope your family enjoys it!