Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sweet and Sour Beef

Sweet and Sour Pork can be considered as one of the most famous Cantonese dishes and there are likely 400 or even 400,000 different recipes out there. My cooking venture this evening was inspired by this recipe off the web. However, instead of pork, I opted for beef because I don't like to deep fry stuff at home! There are sweet and sour chicken, fish and shrimps but not many use beef for some reasons. Hence I decided to give that a try, improvise on the recipe I follow and create my own little recipe. (finger crossed!)

  • 8oz of beef, diced up in cubes
  • 1 mini red bell pepper (cut into pieces)
  • 1 mini yellow bell pepper (cut into pieces)
  • 1 mini green bell pepper (cut into pieces)
  • 2 pieces of pineapple slices / canned rings
  • 2 glove of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • some sugar
Sweet and Sour Sauce (based on this web recipe)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon plum sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar (transparent in color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
Step 1 - Marinate the beef with 1 tsp of soy sauce, 1 tsp of corn starch and 1 tsp of sugar. Set aside.

Step 2 - Mix the various of ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce.

It should look something like this at the end. Set aside.

Step 3 - Heat up the wok at med heat with some oil. Stir-fry the beef cubes a bit for maybe 3 - 4 mins depending how well you like your beef. Set aside.

Step 4 - Add the chopped garlic into the wok until brownish then add the bell peppers in as well.

Step 5 - When you start smelling the aroma of bell peppers, add in the sweet and sour sauce along with the pineapples.

Step 6 - Stir when cooking and when the sauce starts to thicken ...

... time to add in the beef cubes and stir well.

Step 7 - let the combined ingredients simmer for about 2 mins. Stir it for an even mixture.

Step 8 - my favorite part: plating! Yum! a bowl of rice would be perfect! :)


Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks so good :D

Jin said...

sweet and sour beef... that is something new. you come up with most uncommon recipes. i love the creativity, and it looks delicious! :)

Jason said...

@gigilui: I think it is time for me to FRY some sweet and sour pork!! :)

@Jin: haha, I was just too lazy to fry those pork (and the greasy smell!!)

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