Ditch the take-out and whip up this Chinese-inspired flash-fried steak with a sweet gingery sauce and red peppers. It’s the perfect dish to throw together after a long day at work or on those evenings when you want a tasty healthy dinner without spending hours in the kitchen!
12 oz thin-cut beef steak, very thinly sliced into strips
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 4 fl oz vegetable oil
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
- 4 green onions, sliced, green and white parts separated
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- thumb-sized piece ginger, cut into matchsticks
- 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- cooked egg noodles or rice, to serve (optional)
- STEP 1
Put 12 oz thin-cut beef steak strips in a bowl and toss in 3 tbsp cornstarch and 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder.
- STEP 2
Heat 4 fl oz vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan until hot, then add the beef and fry until golden and crisp.
- STEP 3
Scoop out the beef and drain on kitchen paper. Pour away all but 1 tbsp oil.
- STEP 4
Add 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper, ½ thinly sliced red chilli, sliced white ends of 4 spring onions, 2 crushed garlic cloves and thumb-sized piece ginger, cut into matchsticks, to the pan. Stir-fry for 3 mins to soften, but don’t let the garlic and ginger burn.
- STEP 5
Mix the 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce and 2 tbsp tomato ketchup in a jug with 2 tbsp water, then pour over the veg.
- STEP 6
Bubble for 2 mins, then add the beef back to the pan and toss well to coat.
- STEP 7
Serve the beef on egg noodles or rice, if you like, scattered with the remaining ½ sliced red chilli and sliced green parts of the green onions.
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