Chinese asparagus with black bean beef

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Beef, sliced, marinated
1 pounds Asparagus
¼ teaspoon Baking soda, dissolved in
\N \N 2 teaspoons water
1 tablespoon Chinese fermented black
\N \N Beans, minced with:
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Soy sauce
½ teaspoon Rice wine
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
4 \N Garlic cloves (1/2 teaspoon
\N \N Each)
1 teaspoon Rice wine
2 teaspoons Soy sauce
\N \N Peanut oil
½ teaspoon Sugar
¼ teaspoon MSG (optional)
½ teaspoon Salt
⅓ cup Water




Cut the beef when it is partially frozen, and cut it across the grain into thin slices.

Stir baking soda solution into the beef (to help tenderize it). Stir in the marinade. Then stir in 1 tsp peanut oil and marinate the beef for one hour or more in the refrigerator.

Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over high heat, add ½ teaspoon salt. Stir in asparagus. Add ¼ cup water. Cover pan for 2 minutes, and do not lift lid. When done, remove to a platter.

Over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry the RINSED black beans and garlic mixture. Stir for a few seconds. Add the beef. Stir-fry quickly until barely. Do not overcook or the beef will become tough. Sizzle in 1 tablespoon of rice wine and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. Stir in asparagus.

Add gravy mixture. Stir until thickened. Serve hot.

SOURCE: Stella Chan's Secrets in the Art of Chinese Cooking.

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