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Stir Fry!

1 May

That age old classic; Stir Fry is still a popular dish to make. Why? Its easy to make, healthy, and delicious! Last night I made a quick stirfry so I thought I’d share it with you. I had some pointers from my friend Ling in Australia with this one so credit goes out to her as well. Ok listen up!

Ingredients? For me I used beef, fresh ginger root, bok choy, red onions, bean sprouts, garlic black bean paste, also corn starch and various spices. But this is stirfry, you can use any variety of vegetables and meat, use what you have!

For starters, get your wok or frying pan warmed up with a little oil in there. Take your ginger, and thinly slice up some of that carefully. You can toss that in the pan first thing,  keep your heat medium to low for this whole process.

For beef, I use cheaper cuts of beef that I buy in bulk from the store, you dont need to use the most expensive steak for stir frys, all though you can if you like! I had taken my beef out the night before, I precut beef slices in 1 or 2 person portions in ziplocs before I freeze them, this makes it really easy and fast to make dishes such as stir fry on the go. Think about it! So with my sliced up beef in the ziploc bag, I threw in some corn starch, and shook the bag up to lightly coat the pieces of beef, you can do this in a bowl as well. The corn starch coating will help lock in the juices and help the beef stay tender when cooking, so dont miss this step!

As soon as you can smell that tangy ginger cooking in the pan, its time to throw in the beef. The beef wont take long to cook, so you can either quickly chop up your vegetables, or have this already done if you had time. Im pretty fast so I quickly washed and chopped up my bok choy and red onion, and got my sprouts ready. When your beef is nearly cooked, you can throw in all your veggies, mixing it all up in the pan.

Now theres a million different things you can do for sauces, but this time I used garlic black bean sauce. You can find this in most grocery stores, maybe in the ethnic food aisle. I like Lee Kum Kee brand, its quite good. You can pour some in the pan, careful not to use too much as it can be quite salty. You can add sugar to the pan to help sweeten the taste as well.

Your stirfry should almost be done by the time you get the sauce in, mix it all up well, make sure the beef is cooked but not overdone, and your done! Some steamed rice in a bowl, dish your stirfry on top, serve with an ice cold glass of milk tea, and you’ve got a delicous meal. Enjoy!