Japanese Delight's Note:
From the book The Shun Lee Cookbook by Michael Tong "The original Sichuan recipe for this dish was for a cold, somewhat chewy appetizer of fried, dried, and shredded beef. It is a far cry from Shun Lee’s Crispy Orange Beef, which was introduced in 1971, and which millions of Americans have since come to love." The cooking time is a guess. Posting for safekeeping.
My Private Note
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- 226.79 g flank steaks, cut into pieces 1 inch long, 1/2 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick
- 7.39 ml baking soda
- 1 orange
- 29.58 ml sugar
- 29.58 ml red wine vinegar
- 14.79 ml rice wine or 14.79 ml dry sherry
- 14.79 ml soy sauce
- 4.92 ml cornstarch
- vegetable oil, for passing through
- 236.59 ml cornstarch
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 3 scallions, white part only, trimmed and sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch
- 4.92 ml dark sesame oil
- 14.79 ml orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1.23 ml chili paste
- 1Mix the flank steak, baking soda, and 3 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. (The baking soda will tenderize the steak.).
- 2Using a vegetable peeler, remove the colored zest from the orange. Cut the zest into thin strips about 1 inch long, and set them aside. Save the orange flesh for another use.
- 3To begin the sauce, mix the sugar, vinegar, rice wine, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set it aside.
- 4Heat a large wok over high heat. Add enough vegetable oil to come about 1½ inches up the sides of the wok, and heat it to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, add the cornstarch and egg white to the steak, and mix well to coat the steak with the batter.
- 5Add the flank steak to the oil, one piece at a time so it doesn’t splash or stick together, and stir gently until it begins to look crispy, about 1 minute.
- 6Using a wide-mesh wire strainer, transfer the steak to a colander to drain. Using a fine-mesh wire strainer, remove any bits of fried batter from the wok.
- 7Reheat the oil to 375 degrees, return the flank steak to the wok, and fry again until the beef is crispy all over, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a strainer to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the oil from the wok.
- 8Return the wok with the oil to high heat. Add the scallions, flank steak, sugar-vinegar mixture, orange zest, sesame oil, Grand Marnier, and hot chile paste. Stir-fry until all of the ingredients are well blended, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
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Nutritional Facts for Crispy Orange Beef
Serving Size: 1 (168 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 283.2
- Calories from Fat 53
- Total Fat 5.9 g
- Saturated Fat 2.1 g
- Cholesterol 23.2 mg
- Sodium 772.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 41.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
- Sugars 9.7 g
- Protein 14.0 g
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