Beef and Broccoli

"I got this recipe from my mom. It's much better than takeout, IMO, since it's not as greasy and doesn't hurt my stomach. It tastes just like it though."
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  • Soak mushrooms in warm water until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain. Rinse in warm water, drain. Remove and discard stems. Cut caps into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Trim fat from beef. Cut grain-wise into 2 inch strips. Cut the strips across the grain into 1/8 inch strips.
  • Toss the strips with: 3 T vegetable oil, 1 T cornstarch, 1 T salt, 1 T sugar, 1 T soy sauce, and 1/4 tsp white pepper in plastic or glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Cut broccoli into 1 inch pieces. Steam broccoli. Cook to al dente. When done, rinse under cold water and drain. Set aside.
  • Cut green onions into 1/4 inch rings. Mix together in a bowl green onions, 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/4 cup oyster (or soy) sauce, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Heat wok until 1 or 2 drops of water bubble and skitter when sprinkled into wok. (Or if you're using a skillet, put on medium-high heat.) Add 2 tablespoons oil and rotate to coat wok. (Skillet-1 tablespoon and coat bottom of pan).
  • Add beef and garlic (mix the garlic with the beef first to prevent burning it). Stir-fry until beef is brown-about 3 minutes.
  • Remove beef from wok (or skillet). Set aside.
  • Add mushrooms and broccoli with 1 cup water. Cover for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in beef. Heat to steaming.
  • Stir in Sauce Mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, about 15 seconds.
  • Serve over rice.

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  1. ABCgirl
    The flavour is a 5, but there were so many inconsistencies between the written ingredients and the directions I feel I can only give it a 4. However, if it is corrected I will definitely change it to a five. And I will make it again. The recipe ingredients call for 1 TBSP of sugar but only 1 tsp in the directions, a 1/4 cup of chicken broth but 1/2 cup in the directions, 1 TBSP soya sauce but 1 tsp in the directions and 8TBSP veg. oil but I can only see directions for 6 TBSP. I did end up using only 3 TBSP, which I am sure will decrease the fat content under the nutritional facts (which is probably a good thing). I also added Hokkien style oriental noodles to the sauce instead of using rice and it turned out really well. I also used a better cut of steak and cut it thinly when it was defrosting.
  2. Maito
    Five stars for flavor, the method/directions rate less. Most of the directions have been corrected since the other reviews, but the last 2 ingredients are still missing from them. Also, the beef burned on the pan in step 7, and was cooked in about a minute. But the taste was great, especially the broccoli (which I cooked a lot less time), though I really liked the mushrooms in it too (I used mixed dried mushrooms including shiitakes) - they pair well with the dark soy. I only used 1 of the 5 tablespoons of oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and lots more green onions. Fed 4 for us.
  3. Jociecee
    So delicious and better than beef and broccoli from local restaurants. I will be saving a lot of money by using this recipe, since beef and broccoli is a family favorite! Thanks for a great recipe-made for best of 2011 cookbook event.
  4. Scott Derringer
    This recipe was definitely tasty, but if you are looking for the beef and broccoli that you could get at your local Chinese restaurant, keep looking! This was actually more like beef stew with an Asian flair. I can't say that I didn't like it as I ate 3 servings by myself. It just wasn't what I was expecting. My wife also loved it and thought I was being too harsh.That said, it is definitely worth making and you will love the taste.
  5. ChefWantABe
    I too,thought this dish was a five star on flavor but I gave it four due to the inconsistency in quantity of ingredients.I also thought the use of beef broth is a better choice then chicken as this is a beef dish.I used a total of three tbsp veg oil but for added flavor I added a tbsp of sesame oil that has been infused with chili.I lost track of the amount of soy I added but I do think I added more then was called for.But the finished product was probably the best I have been able to make here at home.Thanks for a good,tasty,meal!


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