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Spicy Beef Stir Fry

Happy Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Spicy Beef is highlighted here but the meal to celebrate should be made of several dishes, with symbolic foods for the new year to wish those celebrating good fortune, health and happiness. Spicy Beefis recipe is given on this page with links to other fabulous Chinese recipes below.

I was struck how similar Chinese and Jewish New Years are with symbolic foods filled with good wishes. My daughter-in-law Jing is a wonderful cook and helped me with authentic stir-frying techniques and new ideas that will keep me busy for some time to come!  Happy Chinese New Year!

Spicy Beef


1 pound beef, sliced thinly across the grain



1 tablespoon mirin or white wine

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon corn starch

1/2 teaspoon baking soda



2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 red and 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and fiber removed, thinly sliced

1 stalk Bok choy with leaves, thinly sliced

1 carrot, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced on the diagonal

2 radishes, sliced thinly

1 zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced thinly on the diagonal

3 green onions, sliced thinly on diagonal



3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 teaspoon corn starch dissolved in 1 teaspoon water

1 tablespoon mirin

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes



1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Mix marinade together in a container with a lid. Add beef and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok or large skillet over medium high heat.  Add bell peppers and stir fry until they are slightly softened.  Push to side of wok. Add Bok choy and stir fry 4-5 minutes. Push to side. Add carrots and radishes, cooking until just softened. Push aside. Add more oil and zucchini and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Remove all vegetables from wok and place in colander which is placed over a bowl. This will drain any extra oil.

  3. Drain marinade from beef. Add to wok so that beef slices do not overlap, probably in two stages. Stir fry meat about 2-3 minutes. Remove meat and place in a small bowl. Reserve.

  4. Mix sauce ingredients together. Add to wok and stir until thickened. Add meat and stir until sauce covers all the meat slices.  Add the rest of the vegetables and mix until sauce covers the vegetables. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

  5. Serve over rice, rice noodles or angel hair pasta.


Expandthetable suggestions

Add other veggies: Snow peas, eggplant, thinly sliced, celery sliced on diagonal, mushrooms, broccoli, green beans

Make it vegan: Use tofu in place of beef

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