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Friday, February 17, 2012

Sticky Beef & Rice Bowl


Whoever coined the term, "simple is better" hit the nail right on the head. Often times in life as well as cooking, we tend to over think and over complicate recipes and our own challenges resulting in a muddied mess. In relation to the meal prepared above, fried rice and beef is something I always make when I am running out of time or ingredients. Fried rice is so simple, I could make it in my sleep yet tastes so delicious without much of an effort. I always use flank steak in my beef recipes especially for stir-fry's because it's relatively inexpensive and with the right marinade, can be transformed into a delicacy! Check out this simple and delicious recipe below:

Flank Steak Sesame Soy Marinade
Large piece of flank steak, cut on the diagonal into thin strips
1/4 cup sesame oil 
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup sugar 
2 tbsp rice vinegar 
3 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced ginger 
1/2 cup diced scallion 

In large bowl, whisk oil through scallion. Place steak strips in a large sealed baggie and pour marinade over. Seal and refrigerate over night, turning bag 2-4 times to ensure meat to properly coated. To cook, heat large skillet with a small drizzle of vegetable oil over high heat. Quickly sear each side of beef- careful to not overcook. 

Simple Fried Rice
4 cups brown or white rice, cooked and cooled
2 tbsp vegetable oil 
1 tbsp butter
2 eggs 
2 cups vegetables of your choosing
2 tbsp hoison sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
1/2 cup diced scallion 

Heat large wok or skillet over high heat add vegetable oil and rice. Allow rice to crisp, without turning more that 2 or 3 times. Now, add butter and form an opening to the pan in the center and crack in two eggs. Scramble eggs into rice to combine. Add veggies, and remaining ingredients. Stir- fry for another 5-10 minutes until rice develops a light brown color. Plate with a few beef strips on top and enjoy! 



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