Monday, 25 October 2010

Crispy Beef Stir Fry

As the weather is getting cooler I have been making a concious effort to use my slow cooker each weekend. On Saturday I bought a lovely brisket of beef from Sainsbury's and made a pot roast with it (along with the help of half a bottle of red wine). The left over meat went into last night's stir fry which was lovely, and I also added some rainbow chard from the garden that I'd picked earlier that afternoon, but any veg can be used really, I've just listed what I threw in. I'd never attempted crispy beef before but it was so easy. Serves 3.

1 egg
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
1 tsp sesame seeds
400g beef fillet (or left over beef, already cooked) cut into strips
8 tbsp groundnut oil

2 x sachets of fresh Udon noodles
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 cm piece of root ginger (chopped)
1 red chilli (chopped)
6 spring onions (chopped)
2 small carrots (chopped)
3 heads of pak choi
handful of mushrooms (chopped)
2 courgettes (chopped)
handful of rainbow chard
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
3 tbsp dry sherry

Beat egg with sesame oil and 1tbsp of water.
Mix the flour, cornflour, fives spice and sesame seeds together in a plastic bag, before adding the pieces of beef. Shake the bag to ensure meat is well covered. Take the beef out of the bag, dip in egg mixture and then return to bag of flour until coated again.

Add the 8 tbsps groundnut oil to a wok until hot. Add the beef, frying until crispy (around 5 minutes, maybe 3 minutes more if the beef is raw), before removing the pieces, placing them on a paper towel to soak off the excess oil.

Add 1 tbsp sesame oil to wok, when hot, add garlic, ginger, chilli and spring onions. The smell will be delightful, once they gain some colour, add carrots, courgettes and mushrooms. Add soy sauce at this point, and then pak choi and chard (if using). Once the greens are starting to wilt, add the teriyaki sauce and sherry; add the beef to heat through and then stir in the noodles, which should take no more than 2 minutes to cook.


MEDIUM GI rating.

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