Beef and Broccoli

When we moved back to SLC from Huntington Beach, I used to help out at Southeast Market on the weekends.  It was a tough few years.  The market was not as fully staffed as it is today.  The boyfriend worked 7 days a week and I had a full time job elsewhere.  We rarely saw each other except at the market.  He called it QT-Quality Time together.  While working there, I was often asked how to make Chinese beef and broccoli.

Beef and broccoli is easy to make.  It is an affordable meal and can be serve over rice or noodles.  The key is keeping the broccoli crisp.  Just blanch the florets and toss in towards the end.   This works with any vegetables in stir fry.  I hate eating a flavorful dish with mushy veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef (flank, sirloin or tenderloin)
  • 8 oz lo mein noodles
  • 1 lb broccoli florets

Marinade

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice cooking wine
  • 1/3 cup water

Start by slicing beef thinly across the grain.  In a bowl, mix marinade ingredients and add beef.  Set aside for 30 mins.

In a separate bowl, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.  If you are tossing with lo mein noodles, adjust ingredients by 1.5x the amounts.  This will make enough to coat the noodles.

Today I am making it with lo mein noodles. Cook according to the package.    The package says to boil for 2-3 minutes.  It took about 10 mins to get it right.

Next blanch the broccoli.  Blanch in boiling water for about 2 mins.  Drain and place in an ice bath.  This will help shock them and stop the cooking process.  It will help keep them crispy.   If you do not have ice on hand use very cold water. Once cooled, drain again.  The broccoli should be a nice vibrant green.

The meat should be ready now. In a wok or large saute pan, add some oil on high heat.  When the pan is hot, add the beef.  Spread out the meat around the pan and toss after browed.  If your pan is not large enough, do in multiple batches.

When the meat is ready, add the sauce and stir.  Once the sauce becomes thick add the cooked broccoli and toss quickly.

Lastly add in the lo mein noodles or simply serve over rice.

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