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How to Cook Beef with Asparagus Stir-Fry

Updated on February 25, 2010

Perfect Match!

Quick & Easy Recipe That Can’t Go Wrong

Chinese food is popular. Beef and asparagus are such perfect match that you can almost never go wrong putting them together in cooking, and therefore make yourself popular among friends and family, too.

"Simple" is the key to this dish; and "Healthy" is its benefit. Of course, "Delicious" is what brings people to the table.

You can get the ingredients pretty much at any supermarkets. The preparation time varies, but you can typically get it done in as little as half an hour.

I always advocate flexibility in home-cooked meals. Nothing has to be exact, that is. So use your imagination, use alternatives wherever you see fit, and more interestingly, surprise yourself and your guests!

Now, try it and enjoy!

Things You'll Need:

* Beef flank steak or tender loin, 1 lb

* Fresh asparagus, 1 1/2 - 2 lb

* Onion, 1 medium

* Fresh garlic, 4 - 5 cloves

* Soy sauce

* Salt

* Sugar

* Cornstarch or all-purpose flour

* Oyster sauce (optional)

* Cooking oil

* Cooking wine

Instructions:


Step 1

Thoroughly wash asparagus, cut to 2 – 3 in. length;

Peel and thinly slice onion;

Peel garlic, smash or dice;

Step 2

Thoroughly clean beef, slice across grain to desired bite size;

Step 3

In large bowl, mix sliced beef with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. cornstarch or all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. cooking oil, and set aside;

Step 4

In small bowl, mix 2 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. corn starch or all purpose flour, 1 tsp. oyster sauce (optional), 2 tsp. cooking oil, and set aside;

Step 5

Boil 3 quarts of water in wok or pot, add asparagus, and continue on high heat for 1 minute and drain;

Step 6

Heat wok or large pan, add garlic and 2 tbsp. cooking oil, and stir with spatula until garlic turns golden;

Step 7

Add beef in wok, spread evenly and form a thin layer;

Flip beef in 2 minutes, continue for additional 1 minute;

Step 8

Add asparagus, stir and cover for 1 minute;

Uncover and stir again, then cover for additional 1 minute;

Step 9

Remove cover and add onion and mixture in small bowl, rinse small bowl with 2 tsp. of cooking wine or water and add to wok, stir until gravy thickens;

Step 10

Serve hot with rice, for four to six.

Tips & Warnings:

* Use high heat at all time;

* For novice, non-stick pan recommended;

* Boil asparagus longer for tenderness;

* Do not over-cook beef;

* Use cooking wine for additional favoring.

* Cooking pan extremely hot while heating oil and garlic.

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