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Pepper steak, a staple in Chinese takeout

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INGREDIENTS: THE ASIAN FUSION MEDLEY

For the Pepper Steak: Gather the ingredients that form the Asian fusion medley of flavors:

  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced for tenderness
  • 2 bell peppers (assorted colors), thinly sliced for vibrant color
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced for sweetness
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced for aromatic depth
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated for a hint of warmth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, for the savory base
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce, for umami richness
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, for thickening the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, for a touch of sweetness
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground for a bold kick
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for stir-frying
  • 2 green onions, sliced for garnish
  • Cooked white rice, for serving, creating a comforting base

 

INSTRUCTIONS: THE STIR-FRY SYMPHONY

Step 1: Marinate the Beef Commence the culinary symphony by marinating the thinly sliced flank steak. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and black pepper. Add the sliced beef to this flavorful concoction, ensuring each piece is coated in the savory marinade. Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Step 2: Heat the Wok As the beef absorbs the rich marinade, heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil and let it shimmer, creating the perfect canvas for our stir-fry.

Step 3: Stir-Fry the Aromatics Introduce minced garlic and grated ginger to the hot oil, allowing their aromatic dance to fill the kitchen. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds, releasing the fragrant notes that will infuse the entire dish.

Step 4: Sear the Marinated Beef Add the marinated flank steak to the wok, spreading it into an even layer to ensure proper searing. Let it cook undisturbed for about 1-2 minutes to achieve a flavorful sear. Then, stir-fry until the beef is cooked to your desired level of doneness. Transfer the beef to a plate, allowing it to rest while we attend to the next act.

Step 5: Cook the Vegetables In the same wok, add a bit more oil if needed and toss in the thinly sliced bell peppers and onions. Stir-fry these colorful additions until they are crisp-tender, maintaining a vibrant crunch.

Step 6: Combine and Simmer Reintroduce the seared beef to the wok, combining it with the cooked vegetables. Stir-fry the medley for a few more minutes, ensuring the flavors intermingle. Pour in any remaining marinade, letting it coat the ingredients in a glossy glaze. Allow the dish to simmer for a couple of minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken and cling to the components.

Step 7: Garnish and Serve As the Pepper Steak reaches its flavorful crescendo, garnish it with sliced green onions for a burst of freshness. Serve this delectable stir-fry over a bed of cooked white rice, creating a comforting base for the savory medley.

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