Yield: 4 servings
1 cup cornstarch
1 pound sirloin steak, sliced into strips
Peanut oil, for frying
Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
½ onion, cut into strips
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
Hot sauce like Tabasco or Sriracha, to taste
½ tablespoon sesame oil
1 jalapeno, sliced very thin, to serve
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
1. Tip cornstarch into large bowl and beat eggs in another. Add beef strips to eggs and mix thoroughly, then transfer to cornstarch, coating each piece and shaking off excess.
2. Heat enough oil to deep-fry beef in wok to 350 degrees. Carefully drop beef slices into oil in batches and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until crispy. Remove and drain on wire rack or plate lined with paper towels.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick wok, add ginger and garlic and fry for 20 seconds. Add carrot and onion and continue frying for 1 more minute.
4. Add soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, honey, spring onions and chili flakes. Add a dash or two of hot sauce, if using. Bring to a boil. Add crispy beef and stir to coat evenly.
5. Take off heat and stir in sesame oil. Serve alongside or on top of jasmine rice, with jalapeno and sesame seeds scattered on top.
Per serving: 520 calories; 22g fat; 5g saturated fat; 160mg cholesterol; 31g protein; 48g carbohydrate; 14g sugar; 2g fiber; 895mg sodium; 69mg calcium
Adapted from “Chinese Takeout Cookbook” by Kwoklyn Wan
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