Beef and Broccoli recipe

Every once in a while, I get this really big craving for American style cheap fast food Chinese. That’s one thing I miss about American, that and really good dim sum!  In Japan, Chinese food is on the expensive side–which seems so weird to me. But I have eaten over-priced Chinese food in Vegas. Anyways, so I had a craving for beef broccoli and decided to try and make it.

For those of you who don’t know what Chinese beef and broccoli is, it is thinly sliced beef marinated, then stir fried with blanched broccoli. It’s very tasty! Here is my version!!


While I was cooking this, I didn’t think to take pics of the steps. So, you will just have to follow the recipe.

Chinese Beef & Broccoli Recipe

  • 1/2 pound round steak, chuck steak or flank (227 grams) *in Japan you can use 牛バラカルビ焼き肉用
  • 4 cups of broccoli (washed and chopped into florets)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger (I like to add a little more)
  • 1 garlic clove minced (I like to add an extra clove sometimes)
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine
  • salt and pepper as needed
  • serve with cooked rice/noodles/ fried rice
  • Marinade
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, activated with 1 teaspoon water

1.  Cut the beef into bite-sized pieces, and set them aside.

2.  Mix all the ingredients to make the marinade. (I like to put this in a plastic zip lock bag, but you can also mix it in a bowl.

3. Put the beef in the plastic bag/bowl with the marinade. Seal/cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4. Boil a pot of water that can hold the broccoli florets.

5. Once the water boils, add the broccoli and  blanch until water reboils.

6. After the water reboils, immediately remove from heat and drain in a colander.  Set aside.

7. In a wok, heat the canola oil, and then add the ginger and garlic.

8.  Heat the ginger and garlic till you get a fragrant smell. Be careful not to burn it.

9. Add marinated beef and stir fry it until it’s almost completely cooked, with only a little bit of pink showing.

10. Next add the oyster sauce, and stir carefully to infuse all the flavors together.

11. Season the beef as needed with salt and pepper.

12. Add the rice vinegar to help thicken the sauce.

13. Add the broccoli, and it is ready to serve over hot white rice, noodles or fried rice!

This is such an easy recipe to make and it tastes great! I feel its healthy too. So what chinese food do you have cravings for? I am now in the mood for some cream cheese wontons/or crab Rangoon. Maybe my next recipe…..tee hee hee. happy cooking!


ms fancy pants tokyo & my sudden craving for cream cheese wontons



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