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  • Writer's pictureThe Crooked Ladle




Many years ago, I took Chinese cooking classes from a senior Asian woman who owned a popular Chinese restaurant in the area and this was one of the recipes that she taught me. I've made this recipe a "bizillion" times for my family and they've never tired of it, or at least they never told me so.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Suggested Tools:

· Chopping board

. Large skillet

· Medium skillet

· Large knife

· Medium bowl

. Measuring cups

. Measuring spoons

· Large stir spoon

· Peeler

· Paring knife


· ½ pound flat iron beef steak or flank steak, sliced thinly against the

grain and to about a length of 1 ½ inches or shorter.

Note: If you can time it right, slice the meat when it is mostly defrosted but still slightly frozen because it makes the slicing easier.

· 3 ½ to 4 cups broccoli flowerets and thin stems.

· ½ large yellow onion or one small onion, cut to 1 to ½ inches and then separate the onion layers.

· 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

· 2 to 3 slices of peeled fresh ginger

· 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and minced

· ½ cup plus one teaspoon water

· 2 teaspoon corn starch

· 1 teaspoon soy sauce

· 1 ¼ teaspoon sugar

· 2 tablespoons canola oil or peanut oil


1. Place the meat, corn starch, ginger slices, ¼ teaspoon sugar, and one teaspoon soy sauce, one teaspoon water in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside to marinate for several minutes or more.

2. Add one tablespoon of the oil to large skillet and heat on medium high. After the oil is heated, add the broccoli and onions and stir around until the broccoli begins to get a bit of a shine and the oil has absorbed.

3. Add ½ cup water to the broccoli and onion and cover the pan with a lid. Turn the heat down to medium-low for 6 to 8 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.

4. While the broccoli is steaming, add one tablespoon oil to a medium skillet and turn the temperature to medium high heat. Add the beef to the hot oil in the pan (the meat should sizzle) and sear for about two minutes until the beef gets a nice brown on it. There can still be a bit of pink on the meat because it will continue to cook in the next step.

5. Remove the lid from the broccoli and add the cooked beef and garlic (minus the ginger) to the broccoli and onions. Stir to mix and add the oyster sauce and mix well to distribute evenly.

The Crooked Ladle

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