Oyster sauce tastes different than you think
I know what you’re thinking. Oyster Sauce, no way. Stir fried lettuce, never! But this dish will surprise you. It doesn’t taste like oysters and the lettuce is transformed into a yummy nest for the beef. So you gotta try it. I first tasted this dish in my Chinese cooking class 25 years ago. I was skeptical but one taste and I became a fan. My kids were young at the time but I didn’t tell them what the sauce was called and they loved it too, even my 3 year old. Our family has enjoyed it over the years many times. Last week while visiting, I made it for a couple of my sons who hadn’t had it for a while. The “ooh’s and aah’s” were more than enough to reward my effort as they raved about the dish.
Recipe: Beef with Oyster Sauce
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Inactive Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes | Yield: 4 servings | Level: Easy
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 4 tsps cornstarch, divided
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 lb beef, eye round or top round, sliced paper thin
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
- 2 slices ginger, smashed
- 5-6 cups iceberg lettuce, hand broken in 2 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp oyster sauce, divided
- hot cooked rice
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2 In a medium bowl mix together water, baking soda, soy sauce, sugar and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Add the beef and stir until the liquid is mostly absorbed into the meat. Let marinade for 20 minutes stirring half way through to help the meat absorb the balance of the liquid.
3 Prepare the lettuce and ginger so that everything is ready before stir frying.
4 Heat a wok or large frying pan on high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil and heat until it just starts to smoke.
5 Add the meat mixture and stir fry until the meat is barely gray. Scoop meat back into the bowl. Scrape the wok to remove most of the browned bits on the pan and discard. wilted and the oyster sauce is mixed throughout. Slide lettuce and pan drippings to a large platter.
6 Add 1 Tbsp oil and heat on high. Add lettuce, salt and 1 Tbsp of oyster sauce. Stir fry just until the lettuce is
wilted and the oyster sauce is mixed throughout. Slide lettuce and pan drippings to a large platter.
7 Add 1 Tbsp oil and heat on high. Add the ginger and cook just until it is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add back the meat and 1 Tbsp oyster sauce. Stir until combined.
8 Move meat up on the sides of the wok to form a well in the bottom of the wok. Give the glaze a stir to distribute the cornstarch. In the center of the wok, add a little of the glaze at a time and stir until it thickens. Continue until all glaze is thickened.
9 Slide the meat into the glaze and mix to combine. Pour the meat over the lettuce sildenafil citrate 100mg and serve with hot cooked rice.
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Baking Soda helps tenderize the meat so even an economical cut of beef is improved using this technique.
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- Exchange iceberg for Romaine lettuce or another crunchy lettuce.
- Try white or brown rice, best with Japanese sticky rice.
Inspiration – Ying-Ling Liu
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Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 18, 2012