Asparagus Beef

Asparagus Beef

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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

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

    Heat a wok or heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  23. Add the oil, the black beans and garlic.
  24. Stir-fry about 12 seconds.
  25. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry about 1 minute or until sauce thickens.
  26. Makes about 3/4 cup sauce.
  27. TIPS: 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



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