Asian's rarely ever reveal secrets, especially when it comes to food or recipes. This recipe was verbally given to me by a Vietnamese girl, fabulous cook and great friend of mine. It's a very large (restaurant scale) recipe. So unless you plan on cooking for an army, reduce it to 2 cups total.(use the converter). If you want to have true Asian flavor in your beef ribs, stir-fry, steak or any other asian beef dish...this is your recipe.