Monday, 16 May 2011

Beef with Chinese Gravy (ish), Cucumber, Spring Onions, Chinese Leaf & Coriander

This Meal feeds at least 7 grown men (I'm including myself in that)

It looks confusing, kinda more like a stew than anything Chinese but it actually worked out. Had a rough idea what I wanted to make, a cross between chicken/beef gravy and something lemongrassy or gingery.

Not sure I know the exact recipe but defo know the following's in there-
Ginger 4cm finely sliced 
3 cloves pf garlic, crushed then finely sliced
1 White Onion cut into fairly large pieces-Keeping it all chinky
3 Carrots slices into similar sized pieces to the onion-half the carrot then slice thinly
1 lemongrass stalk- cut into fine rings so you don't notice it too much when eating it
Saute the above for no more than 5mins
Stewing steak (it was all I had) flour, salt and pepper it then lightly fry for a minute so it's brown all over then add to the everything above.
Once all the meat and veg etc it cooking together add at least a pint of water, not too much coz you'll just need to flavour it more...
2 large tbsp of Miso paste
2 large tbsp of egg dressing
2 Vietnamese chicken stock cubes
Big glug of Fish sauce (watch out as it's salty so do it to taste)
Big Sprinkle of Sugar/ Palm Sugar/brown sugar- to taste, start off with small amounts
Add a quatre of a scotch bonnet or red chilli to give it a little kick- or to taste
Then cook on the hob or in the oven on high for 45mins/1hr- alternatively slow cook for 3/4hrs on low.

Know it's a bit random but was a good opportunity to use all the weird bargain sauces and pastes I've picked up in the Vietnamese & Chinese turned out YUM.

Shredded Chinese Leaf
Spring Onions

Egg Fried Rice TIPS-
Use a not stick wok (it always sticks for me but this will help you out)
Add a big glug of Sunflower oil, mix with a dash of sesame seed oil-not too much coz its got a strong flavour.
Heat the oil and wok until it's slightly bubbling
Add the pre whisked eggs-add a bit of milk to them so they go a bit further- 4/5 eggs
Let the eggs cook in the oil for 30sec
Add a glug of fish sauce/light soy sauce mix
Add the fresh spring onion to the egg then the rice 
Stir so the egg doesn't quite set and mix it through the rice
Save some spring onion rings to garnish

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