When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Beef with Tomatoes

This tasty dish evolved after receiving numerous requests in my California restaurant. Tip: Be certain that the tomatoes are very firm otherwise the dish becomes too juicy.


1 pound beef loin top sirloin steak
1 pound fresh ripe but firm Roman tomatoes (about 5 or 6)
4 oz yellow onion (about half medium size)
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
¼ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root

Trim any extra fat from the steaks. Cut the steak into 1 ½ inch wide pieces. Slice beef pieces against the grain into ¼ inch thick pieces. Wash and slice the tomatoes lengthwise in half and then into quarters. Cut each quarter in half, crosswise (each tomato cuts into 8 chunks). Cut onion into 1 inch chunks. Peel and finely grate the ginger root. In a bowl, combine the beef with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add beef. Cook and stir for approximately 2 minutes until the beef is medium rare. Add tomatoes, stir and mix well for a few seconds. Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook and stir for another two minutes until the tomatoes are slightly cooked and beef is tender. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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