Mongolian Beef is a classic Northern Chinese style, spicy dish.
1 pound flank steak
1 medium size yellow onion (8 oz.)
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili peppers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons rice or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
Cut flank steak along the grain into 1-½ inch wide strips. Angle the knife away from you at a 45-degree angle against the grain and slice the beef into ¼ inch thick pieces. Peel and finely grate the ginger root. In a bowl, combine the beef with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. Peel the onion and cut off ends. Cut the onion in half lengthwise and then into quarters. Crosswise cut the onion into ¼ inch thick pieces.
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the dried crushed red chili peppers for a few seconds. Add the marinated beef and stir-fry for approximately 2 minutes. Add onions, salt and black pepper. Cook and stir until the beef is cooked and the onions are tender for approximately 2 more minutes. Serve hot.
Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes