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    Ho Yau Ngau (Stir-Fried Steak W/ Oyster Sauce)

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    echo echo's Note:

    Another fine recipe from chef Jim Lee. I serve over steamed rice. Preparation time includes marinating time.

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    1. 1
      Mix together the sugar through sherry and use to marinate the steak at least 30 minutes.
    2. 2
      Drain steak, reserving the marinade.
    3. 3
      Mix the marinade with the oyster sauce through cornstarch and put aside.
    4. 4
      Heat a wok hot and dry, then add 2 Tbs oil.
    5. 5
      Add the salt, ginger and garlic and fry until golden brown.
    6. 6
      Add the steak and fry 1-2 minutes until steak is browned on the outside; remove beef from the wok.
    7. 7
      Add scallions and fry 30 seconds.
    8. 8
      Add the soy sauce-marinade mixture, stirring.
    9. 9
      When the gravy thickens, return beef to pan, stir in quickly, turn off heat and remove food to a serving dish.

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    • on December 06, 2012


      My parents bought me Jim Lee's Chinese cookbook for my 20th birthday in 1981, and I have made many of Jim Lee's recipes. Unfortunately, I have misplaced the book which is why I'm looking at this online version. This is an excellent recipe and the use of good quality steak makes it even better. I have freaked out my friends by showing them a beautiful ribeye or porterhouse steak and telling them I was going to cut it up for a Chinese recipe, but everyone raves about this dish and it's a wonderful departure from a plain old grilled steak. There are two critical omissions in this online recipe: (1) the steak should NOT be cut into thin strip, but instead into 1/4-inch thick strips - this allows one to control the degree of doneness and can yield medium or even medium-rare steak in the wok if cooked carefully; (2) the tablespoon of oil that is used in the marinade should be toasted sesame oil. The extra salt is not needed.

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    • on June 21, 2006


      This is a very tasty recipe. I didn't add the extra salt and was very glad that I omitted it as it seemed quite salty anyway. Maybe this was the brand of soy that I used? I took Stardustannies advise and used 500 grams of steak plus a can of baby corn and a red and green chopped up pepper(capsicum). Thank you echo echo for posting another yummy recipe that I will use often.

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    • on June 19, 2006


      This was a great stir fry. I reduced the meat to 500g (1lb) and added carrot, onion, and red capsicum to make it a one wok meal. I also added 1 tsp of bicarb soda to the marinade as this helps tenderise the meat.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ho Yau Ngau (Stir-Fried Steak W/ Oyster Sauce)

    Serving Size: 1 (193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 253.4
    Calories from Fat 104
    Total Fat 11.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 68.0 mg
    Sodium 846.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 26.4 g

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