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Recipe: Broccoli Beef

I love Chinese food.  I mean I LOOOOOVE Chinese food, would gleefully eat it at least four five six nights a week.  But alas my picky family just won’t put up with that – plus, hey, EXPENSIVE! – so I have to sneak it in where I can.  And cooking it myself at home makes it that much easier!


(these specific proportions served three)

  • 1 LB london broil (our fave) or flank steak
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c mirin (sweet cooking wine)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 c water
  • broccoli
  • water chestnuts
  • sesame oil
  • sesame seeds
Cut up the meat in 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ pieces.  Combine the soy sauce, mirin, ginger, sugar, garlic, corn starch and water in a bowl.  Add the meat and make sure everything is submerged.  Let marinate at least a half hour.

Drain the meat thoroughly, reserving the marinade.  Add 1/4 c sesame oil to your favorite skillet and heat it to full wack.  I usually also add the Holy Trinity (salt, pepper, garlic powder) to the oil as it is heating, and you can either add the sesame seeds now (toasting them in the pan) or later.  

Brown the meat, about 1 minute on each side, then add the broccoli, water chestnuts, and the remaining marinade.  Let this cook until the broccoli turns bright green (but not limp fer crissakes) and the sauce begins to thicken.  Serve over your favorite rice and enjoy!

Sorry there’s no pictures, we were TOO HANGRY!