This is what I did
for my second orange beef experiment. Hope you enjoy it.
1/2 cup LOW SODIUM chicken broth* (I used Swanson's now that it has become readily available here)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, FINELY minced
garlic, FINELY minced
2 teaspoons dry sherry
sesame oil (approximation-did not measure)
1 1/2 tablespoons
1 dried Chinese red pepper pod (optional)
teaspoons cornstarch mixed with equal amount water (approximation)
1 tablespoon or so of hot oil
Marinade for 1 1/2 pounds tender beef strips (pencil-thin and
approximately 1-inch long)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
*If you cannot find low sodium
chicken broth, you will have to dilute sauce mixture with water
to taste. Probably anywhere from 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup would
** Peel orange and slice rind into strips between
1/4 and 1/2 inch long. Then slice strips crosswise like you would
a loaf of bread. Final product should be thin and crescent shaped
(hope I explained this clearly).
At least 5 to 6 hours before cooking beef, sprinkle it with salt and
white pepper, making sure it is evenly mixed in meat. Next, sprinkle
a couple of tablespoons of water over beef and mix it in. Follow
this with the cornstarch and gently massage it evenly into meat.
Lastly, mix in oil. I found that mixing in oil actually makes the
meat very tender - even more than by just using cornstarch by itself
(I now do this for both Chinese beef and pork dishes. Don't
ask me why this is so. Set meat in refrigerator to marinate.
About an hour before cooking beef, mix all ingredients in top
column together EXCEPT dried red pepper pod, orange rind, sesame
oil, cornstarch and hot oil. Set aside to allow flavors to marry.
When ready to cook beef, heat wok and about 2 tablespoon oil. Toss
in clove of minced garlic when oil is hot and sauté for about 15
seconds before placing meat in wok. Cook meat for about 2 minutes
being careful to not overcook it (doing so will make it tough).
About halfway through the two minute cooking cycle, splash meat
with about 1 tablespoon white wine or sherry. You should remove
meat from wok just after all the red has disappeared. After you
have removed meat and cleaned wok, reheat wok and about 1 tablespoon
oil. After oil is hot, toss orange rind and red pepper pod in wok
and sauté very briefly being careful not to burn rind. After sauté ing for about 15 seconds or so, add sauce. When edge of sauce starts
to bubble, add cornstarch and water mixture. When sauce starts to
thicken add hot oil and stir. Follow this with the beef and mix
with sauce well. Lastly, turn off fire and drizzle sesame oil over
Mix briefly and serve over white rice.
If you want you can also add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped
green onions (green part only) to sauce mixture just before you
add hot oil. I didn't do this, but some people do. This will
impart a slightly different flavor. Also feel free to add extra
red pepper pods if you like a hotter dish. You can also omit them
altogether if you want. I only used one because my daughter does
not like the extra heat.