Well, second time out we tried beef from the Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook. One mistake (detailed below), but a good recipe.
4 tsp Shaoxing wineThis is the only mistake I made, as best as I can tell. I didn't chop the beef small enough. In the very brief time that it takes to cook the beef in this recipe, it really doesn't shrink. So chop it small.
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp light soy sauce
1 ½ tsp dark soy sauce
4 tsp potato flour
4 tsp water
1 lb trimmed round steak, chopped to bite size pieces
Prepare the beef and mix it with the marinade ingredients above. While it marinates at room temperature, prepare the rest of the recipe.
3 tsp finely chopped ginger
4 tsp finely chopped garlic
3 fresh hot chiles, seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp dried chili flakes
1 tbsp ground cumin
3 scallions, finely sliced
1 tsp sesame oil
2 ½ cups peanut oil
You need to have everything ready in advance, because the cooking goes fast. This is like Food Network cooking, minus the sous-chefs.
Heat the peanut oil in a wok over your lovely hot wok burner until reasonably hot, but not smoking.
Deep fry the beef chunks in the hot oil until a beautiful dark caramelized delicious tasty yummy brown colour.
Fish out that lovely beef when it looks done (about 90 seconds ish):
Look at that! That's some awesome beef. Too big for a mouthful, but the caramelized coating looks awesome.
Oh yeah, that's a whole bowl of win. Now pour off most of the oil. Wipe off the lip of the wok (so you don't start a giant grease fire) and put the wok back over the heat. Toss in the spices and herbs (sans sesame oil and scallions). Your neighbors will be able to smell each layer of flavour as you toss it in the wok...
Fry until fragrant. Toss the beef back in there.
Season with salt to taste. When everything smells awesome (really, about 30 seconds), turn off the heat. Toss in the sesame oil and scallions. Serve.
What a lovely recipe. Faintly spicy, rich, beefy delicious. Like I said, if I had properly chopped the beef, this dish would have been perfect.