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Asparagus And Beef With Black Beans

Type: Vegetables
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon 15mlSalted preserved black beans
2   Garlic cloves - minced
2   Ginger - (quarter-sized), minced
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozFlank steak
1 lb 454g / 16ozOnion - sliced (small)
1 lb 454g / 16ozAsparagus - cut into 1/2-in thick diagonal pieces
3 tablespoons 45mlPeanut oil
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1 tablespoon 15mlDark soy sauce
1/2 cup 118mlChicken stock
2 teaspoons 10mlCornstarch - mixed with
1 tablespoon 15mlWater
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSugar
1/2 tablespoon 7.5mlOyster sauce
1   Sesame oil
  Hot steamed rice
  Beef Marinade
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSugar
1 tablespoon 15mlRice wine or dry sherry
1/2 tablespoon 7.5mlSoy sauce
1 teaspoon 5mlCornstarch
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSesame oil

Recipe Instructions

COVER THE BLACK BEANS with warm water for 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse thoroughly to remove salt. Put into a bowl with the garlic and ginger; mash into a paste and set aside.

Slice the beef against the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices; toss with the beef marinade. Set aside for 10 minutes. Preheat a wok until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Over high heat, add beef and stir-fry for a minute or until seared; remove and set aside. While wok is hot, add remaining oil, salt and reserved black-bean paste; stir-fry until fragrant, a few seconds.

Toss in the onions, stir-fry for 10 seconds, then add the asparagus in 2-or-3 batches, seconds apart, making certain the wok is hot before adding the next batch. Toss and stir until asparagus are coated with the oil.

Sprinkle with soy sauce, toss together, then pour in the stock and bring to a boil. If the asparagus needs more cooking, cover for a minute. Meanwhile, stir the cornstarch, water, sugar and oyster sauce into a smooth paste. When the asparagus is tender but still crisp, add the cornstarch liquid into the center of the wok. Immediately stir until thickened, about 10 seconds. Return the beef, add a dash of sesame oil; toss to mix. Serve hot over rice.

SF Chronicle; Sep. 24, 1997 - WEEKEND COOK


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