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Beef with Peppers (China)
1 ounce dried mushrooms
1 pound beef tenderloin
2 small yellow onions
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Place mushrooms in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 30 minutes.
Drain and squeeze dry. Remove and discard stems. Slice mushroom caps into thin strips.
Cut meat into thin slices 1 inch long.
Cut onions into wedges.
Remove seeds from peppers and cut peppers into thin slices.
Heat vegetable oil in wok over high heat. Add garlic and five-spice powder. Stir fry 15 seconds.
Add meat. Stir fry until meat is brown, about 5 minutes.
Add onions. Stir fry 2 minutes.
Add mushrooms and peppers. Stir fry until peppers are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
Combine all remaining ingredients . Pour mixture over meat-vegetable mixture. Cook and stir until liquid boils and thickens.
Makes 4 servings.