I like the combination of beef and broccoli, I think they really go well together. The problem with beef though is that they could get hard, dry and tough sometimes. It is like chewing on rubber or chewing gum. This was really my problem before..then I learned I was doing it wrong when stir-frying beef. I tend to overcook my beef because I usually like my meat well done, like in grilling, I like my meat with some sides burnt! But after googling it up, I learned that to the technique was to cook beef in high heat but real quick.
My mama cooks beef and broccoli differently and it is also good so maybe I will also write about that. But I wanted to try this recipe from Simply Recipes with oyster sauce and dry sherry or wine. I changed the ingredients and method just a bit, simple, easy and quick is my thing.
- 500g beef tenderloin/sirloin ,cut into thin slices
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 500g broccoli, cut into florets
- 2-3 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon dry sherry or wine (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water
- ground black pepper
- In a bowl, mix together the cornstarch, salt and pepper. Add the beef slices coating each slice with the cornstarch mix.
- Blanch the broccoli florets in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or just until they are half cooked or tender but still crisp. Remove from water and drain.
- In a wok or saute pan, heat oil over high fire. Add in beef slices and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook so the beef remains tender. Remove the beef from oil and set aside.
- In same oil, but now in medium fire, saute garlic until slightly browned. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce and dry wine and let it simmer. Add the water with cornstarch and stir until sauce thickens. Add the cooked broccoli florets and beef and cook for another minute. Transfer on a serving plate and drizzle some oyster sauce on top.
- Serve hot with steamed rice.