Tender Beef Broccoli
While driving home, we saw a big billboard ad of Chowking’s new dish, Tender Beef Broccoli. Royce found the ads tempting and wanted to try it, but I suggested that I’ll just cook that TENDER BEEF BROCCOLI at home for him instead, he smilingly agreed. And I guess that he was indisputably satisfied and Colby loved it too.
Since the beef cut is lean, it is a great source of protein, zinc, iron, vitamin B12 and B6. For beef brocolli, best beef cuts are sirloin and round cuts. For brocolli, choose those sturdy with tightly budded and dark-green spears. What I love most with broccoli is that it absorbs the flavor of the dish in its florets. One trick I learned from a friend in cooking Beef Broccoli is to marinate the beef, cook it with olive oil to make them perfectly tender and separately cook the broccoli with water to make them crisp and not overcooked.
TENDER BEEF BROCCOLI
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. water
for the beef broccoli sauce:
1/2 tbsp. light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup water
to cook broccoli:
1/2 kilo fresh broccoli
2 cups water
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. cup oil (preferable olive oil)
1 head garlic
2 medium onion
1/2 kilo lean beef, sliced thinly
Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the sliced beef. Marinate for 30 minutes but one hour is better.
Meanwhile, peel and mince the garlic. Peel also the onions and slice thinly. Set aside.
Wash the broccoli with water, then drain. Cut the florets into bite sizes. Cut the stalk diagonally into thin slices. In a small pot, bring to full boil 2 cups of water. Minimize heat to low. Season the water with salt then add the broccoli. Cook them for about a minute and drain. Set aside.
Heat oil in a separate wok or a non-stick pan. Saute garlic and onion. Then, add the sliced beef. Stirring occasionally. Stir fry until aromatic. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the beef broccoli sauce. Bring the to slow simmer, stirring frequently until cooked.
A minute before you turn the heat off, add the pre-cooked broccoli. Stirring well, until sauce covers the broccoli.