1、Lighter Chinese chilli beef

Don't reach for the takeaway menu, try this beef stir-fry recipe instead. It's just as tasty as your favourite Chinese and healthier too.

Lighter Chinese chilli beef recipe

Ingredients

Method

This will firm it up a bit and make it easier to slice really thinly.
  • Meanwhile, remove the core and seeds from the pepper and cut it into very thin strips. Slice the spring onions diagonally and slice the broccoli spears in half or quarters through the stems and florets. Thinly slice the pak choi. Mix together the orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce and chilli sauce. Set aside.
  • Slice the beef into very thin strips. In a bowl, beat the egg white with a fork to make it slightly frothy, then stir in the beef with the five-spice powder, cornflour, flour and a good grinding of pepper so everything is evenly coated. Pour 1 tbsp of the oil into a non-stick wok or frying pan. When it’s very hot (test if ready by dropping a small piece of beef in – it should immediately sizzle), put the beef in, stirring to separate, and stir-fry for 3-4 mins. remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Steam the broccoli spears for 11⁄2 mins, then sit the pak choi on top and steam for another 45 secs-1 min until both are tender-crisp. Remove and cool under running cold water so that they stop cooking and retain their colour. Set aside.
  • Pour the remaining oil into the wok and heat it again until very hot. Throw in the garlic, ginger, red pepper and spring onions, and stir-fry for 2-3 mins until starting to brown. Add the chilli flakes, then pour in the soy sauce and orange juice mix with 4-5 tbsp water. As it comes to the boil, stir in the beef and steamed veg, and cook briefly just to heat through. If you want a little more sauciness, splash in another 1-2 tbsp water.

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    2、Roast beef platter with chilli, pine nut & parsley dressing

    Roast a joint of sirloin until rare, serve sliced with a light vinaigrette and tell everyone to get stuck in
    Roast beef platter with chilli, pine nut & parsley dressing recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Wipe the meat with kitchen paper and set, fat-side down, in a roasting tin. Finely chop 2 chillies, 3 garlic cloves and the thyme leaves. Mix with 3 tbsp of the oil, season, then massage over the meat. Turn the meat, fat-side up, and massage in the remaining flavoured oil.
    2. Roast the joint for 40-50 mins for medium rare, 10-15 mins longer for medium. If you have a meat thermometer, the temperature will read 55C for medium rare and 62C for medium.
    3. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until lightly coloured, then tip into a bowl. Heat 1 tbsp oil in the pan, thinly slice the remaining garlic cloves and fry quickly until lightly browned. Tip into a separate bowl. Finely chop the remaining chilli and add to the bowl with the mustard, vinegar and seasoning. Whisk to mix, then whisk in the last 4 tbsp oil and half of the chopped parsley.
    4. Let the meat rest for 20 mins, then thinly slice and arrange over a platter. Spoon over a little dressing, and scatter with the pine nuts and the rest of the parsley. Serve the remaining dressing separately.

    3、Chinese braised beef with ginger

    Slow cooking beef shin or brisket in Asian aromatic spices gives a melt-in-the-mouth main course that's delicious with steamed rice and crisp stir-fried vegetables
    Chinese braised beef with ginger recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Heat a little of the oil in a large flameproof dish. Add the beef chunks, in batches, and fry until browned. When each batch is browned, transfer the beef to another dish. Very roughly chop the onions, ginger, garlic and coriander stalks. Put in a food processor and whizz to a paste.
    2. Wipe any oil out of the dish you browned the beef in. Add the paste with a good splash of water and gently fry, scraping up any beef bits, until the paste is fragrant and softened (add more water if the paste sticks). Stir in the five-spice, star anise and peppercorns, cook for 1 min, then add the sugar, soy sauces and tomato purée. Return the beef and any juices to the dish, then stir in enough stock to just about cover. Bring to a gentle simmer. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Cover the dish, put in the oven and cook for 21⁄2 hrs until the beef is really tender.
    3. Lift the beef out of the sauce into a dish, to keep warm. Boil the sauce until reduced by about half and thickened. Meanwhile, fry the ginger in the oil until golden and crispy. Return the beef to the sauce. serve the beef spooned over rice and scattered with the crispy ginger.

    4、Sushi rice bowl with beef, egg & chilli sauce

    Sticky and delicious, sushi rice is more versatile than you may think and is great in a stir fry
    Sushi rice bowl with beef, egg & chilli sauce recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Boil the sushi rice in a large pan with plenty of water – it should take about 8-10 mins – until it is just cooked and still has a bite to it. Drain, place back in the pan, cover with a lid and set aside.
    2. Mix the steak with the garlic, soy sauce, sugar and a grind of black pepper. You will need 2 frying pans or 1 frying pan and a wok: divide the oil between the 2 pans and heat until just smoking. Fry the eggs to your liking, then set aside. In the other pan, brown the beef for 1-2 mins, then remove and keep warm. Tip the vegetables into the pan, stir-fry for 1 min, then push to one side, add the rice and cook for 1 min more to heat through.
    3. Divide the rice, veg and beef between 2 bowls. Slide the eggs on top and drizzle with the chilli sauce. Each person can then toss everything together, so the egg yolk mixes with the hot rice and sauce.

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