Recipe: Quick and easy crispy Chinese beef

This dish is one of my favourite Chinese treats that I’ve never considered cooking before as I thought it would be far too complicated and time consuming. How wrong I was! It’s the perfect quick, easy dinner that tastes deliciously authentic. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Crispy, tender and tasty...and on the table in 20 mins!

Crispy, tender and tasty…and on the table in 20 mins!

Serves 2

2 beaten eggs

1 tbsp cornflour

150g steak sliced into thin strips, I used sirloin

Vegetable oil, to fry

1 carrot, shredded

2 spring onions, shredded

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 red chilli, finely shredded

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsps sweet chilli sauce

2 tbsps soy sauce

Mix the eggs and cornflour together well in a large bowl. Add the beef strips and coat them thoroughly with the mixture.

In a pan heat enough vegetable oil to deep fry. Add the coated beef strips one at a time, leave for about 10 seconds, then stir to make sure they don’t stick and fry for around 5 mins until the strips are crispy. Don’t overcrowd the pan, I did it in three batches. Once each batch is cooked, remove from the oil and set on a plate covered with kitchen towel to drain the fat.

Discard most of the oil, keeping enough to stir-fry the vegetables. Add the carrot, spring onion, garlic and chilli and fry until cooked.

Add the sugar, sweet chilli sauce and soya sauce and mix together well.

Put the beef back in the pan and coat thoroughly with the sauce. Cook for a few minutes until everything is piping hot.

Serve immediately in a bowl with plain rice.

The crispy beef drains while I cook the sauce

The crispy beef drains while I cook the sauce

The beef is added to the spicy, sticky sauce

The beef is added to the spicy, sticky sauce

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