Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

I love Chinese food and one of my favorite restaurants is P.F. Chang's. I actually worked there while I was in college so I am very familiar with their food. This recipe is great because it's not difficult to make and it really does taste very similar to P.F. Chang's Mongolian beef. Whenever I order this dish at the restaurant, I always have them substitute the scallions for broccoli so I have added broccoli to this recipe as well. One thing that I have found with this recipe is that the cut and quality of the beef you use really does make a difference. So while this recipe will taste good no matter what, it will taste even more amazing if you use high quality beef!



Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

*sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (about 3 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. make sure oil is not too hot. add the ginger and garlic to the pan. add the soy sauce and water to the pan before the garlic starts to brown. add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved. raise the heat to medium and boil for 2-3 minutes or until sauce thickens a bit. remove from heat and set aside.

*beef and broccoli:
  • 1/2-1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large green onions
  • broccoli
slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4" thick bite-size slices. put the sliced steak in a bag filled with the cornstarch and shake until each piece is lightly coated. let the steak sit for about 10 minutes so that the cornstarch will stick.

as the steak sits, fill a pan with water and put over medium-high heat to bring it to a boil to steam the broccoli. heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large saucepan until it's hot but not smoking. add the steak and saute for about 2 minutes or until it just begins to darken on the edges, stirring occasionally so that it cooks evenly. use a large slotted spoon to remove the steak onto paper towels. pour out the oil in the saucepan.

while the steak dries a little, steam the broccoli in the pan of boiling water for a few minutes. put the steak back into the saucepan and simmer for one minute. add the sauce to the pan and cook for one minute while stirring. add the green onions and cook for one minute more. add the broccoli and stir so that it gets coated with the sauce. remove beef and broccoli with a slotted spoon or tongs to a serving dish. pour out excess sauce in the pan. serve with rice.

1 comment:

JWolfgramm said...

So yummy! Made this last night and it turned out awesome. Thanks!! :)