Bring a taste of the Orient home for dinner and stir up some excitement with a classic Asian stir fry. This dish offers a fusion of flavors and textures and a great opportunity to introduce new food and tastes into your diet. Total cook time is 30 minutes with 10 minutes of prep and this easy recipe will serve 6. A perfect choice for busy weekdays evenings.
What you’ll need
2lbs flank steak, diced or finely sliced into strips
1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil
1 ½ cups sugar snap peas
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, sliced thinly
1 bell pepper, sliced
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3 teaspoons orange zest, grated from 1 orange
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
2 teaspoons sesame oil (cooking oil is fine but sesame tastes far better)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Grab a large bowl and combine the orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic and brown sugar. Stir thoroughly until all ingredients mixed well.
Slice or dice the flank steak and add to the marinade mix. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes while you prepare the rest.
Chop your onion finely and rinse the sugar snap peas, removing the caps. Slice your carrot into thin sticks and chop the bell pepper.
Heat up a wok over a high heat and when hot, add in the 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil. Throw in the onion straight away and stir continually.
Drain off the beef over a bowl to keep the marinade. Add the beef back into the wok a third at a time, stirring all the time. This should help sear the beef and prevent the wok cooling down too much. Add back in the extra drained marinade.
Pop in your veggies and fry on a high heat for another 3 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken and the veggies soften.
Once you’re happy with the consistency, serve over a bed of fluffy white rice. For more beef recipes, visit http://food-tales.com/food-inspirations/food-recipes-from-around-the-world/5-of-the-tastiest-beef-recipes-from-around-the-world
Stir Fry Your Way
The ease of this dish means that you can tailor it exactly to your taste. You can chop and change the vegetables you use and try serving with delicious noodles instead of rice. The perfect accompaniment to your stir fry is to serve alongside a fresh salad with maybe a spicy soup for a starter. Some inspiring Asian side dishes include: Sweet and sour kidney beans, Chinese style zucchini, Sesame Green beans, Broccoli in hoisin sauce and Fried rice with bacon.
Different types of Noodles
Asian food is so incredibly versatile with hundreds of meal combinations just waiting to be tried. Just choosing which noodles to have is part of the fun. Here are just some:
Ramen – wheat flour and a bouncy texture
Udon – wheat flour and water, thick and chewy
Egg Noodles – wheat flour and egg, popular in Chinese chow mein
Somen – thin, delicate Japanese noodles
Rice – delicate, only need soaking not boiling. Come in varieties of vermicelli, thin, medium and wide.