Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beef with Spicy Black Bean Sauce

3/4 pound beef
1 celery stalk
1 green onion
1/2 carrot
1 tablespoon fermented black beans
1 tablespoon chili paste
2 garlic cloves
2 ginger slices
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
dash of pepper

1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Cut beef across the grain into thin, bite-sized pieces. Mix marinade ingredients. Marinate beef for twenty minutes.

While marinating beef, prepare vegetables and sauce. Mix sauce ingredients and set aside.

Slice celery and carrots into thin slices. Peel and mince garlic cloves and ginger. Wash black beans and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Mince.

Heat wok and add 1 teaspoon of oil. When oil is ready, stir-fry celery, carrot, and green onion until tender and crisp. Remove vegetables from the wok and set aside.

Reheat the wok and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Stir-fry the ginger, garlic, and black beans until fragrant. Add the chili paste and the marinated beef. Stir-fry until there is no redness in the beef. Give the sauce mixture a quick stir and add to the beef. When the sauce is boiling add the cooked vegetables. Mix well.

Remove from wok, sprinkle with sesame oil and serve.

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