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Chinese Black Pepper Beef

Black pepper beef is a total takeout classic, but it’s often a sad affair thanks to tough meat, insipid sauce and soggy vegies. My spin is infinitely better, with its tender, luscious, savoury goodness. A Chinese recipe to treasure.

PREP TIME
10 minutes
COOK TIME
20 minutes
SERVES
4
Ingredients

500g (1 lb) chuck steak (aka gravy beef)

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, cut into wedges

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 small capsicums (bell peppers), deseeded, cut into bite-sized pieces

150g (5 oz) canned baby corn, drained

2 spring onions (scallions), cut into batons

 

Marinade:

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine*

½ tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)

3 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)

 

Black pepper sauce:

3 tbsp oyster sauce

3 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine*

2 tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp dark soy sauce

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp white vinegar

Steps
  • Step 1

    Slice the steaks against the grain and at a diagonal to form wide strips that are no more than ½cm (⅛ inch) thick.

  • Step 2

    Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the beef and mix well with your hands to make sure each piece of beef is coated. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    To make the stir-fry sauce, mix the ingredients in a small bowl.

  • Step 4

    Place a wok over high heat until hot, then add the vegetable oil. Add onion and garlic, then stir-fry for 30 seconds. Push the onion and garlic to the sides of the pan and add the beef strips into the centre. Spread the beef out as much as possible and allow to sear (don’t touch it!) for about 2 minutes. Then stir-fry and combine all the ingredients.

  • Step 5

    Before the beef is cooked through, add the capsicum and baby corn. Stir-fry for another 30 seconds or until the beef is just cooked. Add the black pepper stir-fry sauce and spring onion, then stir-fry for another minute or until everything is well coated and the onion is tender. Turn the heat off and transfer to a serving plate. Serve with steamed or egg fried rice.

  • Notes
    Notes:

    – Chinese Shaoxing wine is a type of cooking rice wine. It’s available in the Asian aisle of some major supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store. If you’d rather leave it out, simply replace with beef stock.

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Amazing

October 23, 2023

Just found this today and made it tonight for dinner and this is way way better then takeout love it

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Aaron

Oh so tasty

July 3, 2023

We love this dish, it’s something we cook every 2 weeks. It’s quick, easy and is always delicious. We use rump steak and slicing as suggested makes all the difference.

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Rochelle

Oh so tasty

July 3, 2023

We love this dish, it’s so tasty and is a huge hit. We cook it at least every 2 weeks, we add noodles to mkae it a complete dish as hubby isn’t a fan of rice. We use rump steak, trimmed and sliced as suggested and the meat is so tender.

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