Asparagus Beef

Asparagus Beef Recipe

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Ingredients

1 lb
flank steak
"just a pinch" of salt
1 tsp
cornstarch
soy sauce
2 lb
asparagus spears
2
onions, thinly sliced
2
cloves garlic
salad oil
1/2 tsp
sugar
3 Tbsp
bean sauce

BEAN SAUCE INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp
peanut oil
2 Tbsp
fermented black beans-rinsed and drained
2
garlic clove, minced
1/2 c
chicken broth
1 Tbsp
soy sauce
2 Tbsp
rice wine
1 tsp
sugar
1.5 tsp
cornstarch

How to Make Asparagus Beef

Step-by-Step

  • 1Cut steak lengthwise in 2-1/2-inch strips, trimming off fat as you go.
  • 2Then cut across the grain, in 1/8-inch thick strips.
  • 3Put meat in bowl and att 1 teaspoon salt, cornstarch, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce.
  • 4Wash asparagus carefully, break off tough ends, and cut diagonally into pieces about 1/4-inch thick. (If you cut on a sharp diagonal, the pieces will be abut 1-1/2 to 2" long.)
  • 5Cut onions in half lengthwise, lay cut side down, and slice crosswise into 1/4" slices.
  • 6Smash garlic cloves with flat side of knife or cleaver and remove skin.
  • 7Heat a wide frying pan or wok over highest heat, add 1/4 cup oil, it should bubble slightly from the heat.
  • 8Add garlic and cook just until pale brown.
  • 9Heat a wide frying pan or wok over highest heat, add 1/4 cup oil, it should bubble slightly from the heat.
  • 10Add garlic and cook just until pale brown.
  • 11Remove and discard.
  • 12Add meat, stir frequently, and cook until almost browned. Remove to a bowl.
  • 13Add 3 tablespoons more oil.
  • 14Add onion.
  • 15Cook a minute or two stirring constantly.
  • 16Make a little hollow on top of the onion; add bean sauce.
  • 17Cook until onion starts to get translucent.
  • 18Add asparagus and sprinkle over 1 teaspoon salt, sugar and 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  • 19Cover and cook, taking the top off occasionally to stir well, just until asparagus is tender-crisp.
  • 20Then, put the meat on top.
  • 21Cook, stirring, just long enough to get the meat reheated.
  • 22BEAN SAUCE DIRECTIONS

    Heat a wok or heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 23Add the oil, the black beans and garlic.
  • 24Stir-fry about 12 seconds.
  • 25Add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry about 1 minute or until sauce thickens.
  • 26Makes about 3/4 cup sauce.
  • 27TIPS: This is usually served over white rice. I always add more garlic, usually with the onion, and leaving it in. You can experiment with using flavored oil in part. Also, try a different Asian sauce if you have it on hand.

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About Asparagus Beef

Course/Dish: Beef
Other Tag: Quick & Easy