Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wok Wednesdays | Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli | SFTTSE Finale!

WW wokking through Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge
by Grace Young

Wow. I can't believe it has been four-plus years that we began cooking through this incredible cookbook. We have had many a fine meal thanks to Grace Young and her recipe contributors.

And what better way to bring this journey to a close, then with the ever classic beef and broccoli.

Mise en place.

Bowl 1: Garlic, fermented black beans
Bowl 2: Flank steak, ginger, soy sauce, dry sherry, cornstarch, salt, pepper, sesame oil
Bowl 3: Onion
Bowl 4: Broccoli
Bowl 5: Chicken broth, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, dry sherry

I am proud to say I have cooked all but three recipes in the book, including the supplemental recipes listed at the back, one of which should not be missed - Chinese Barbecued Pork - it is sooo good.

It's still my intention to post two of the three missed recipes; as for the third (Singapore-Style Stir-Fried Lobster) - I just can't bring myself to plunge a live lobster into boiling water or the alternative (Google it - it's not pretty).

Grace Young, I salute you! Without your books and this group, Andy & I would probably still be eating over-salted, oily, gloppy food that is passed on as Chinese food here in the Western hemisphere. Thank you for sharing your most delicious, authentic Chinese recipes with the rest of the world to enjoy; and Matt Lardie, thank you for starting Wok Wednesdays, which has become filled with fun and witty members that can put a smile on one's face even at the most dismal of times. 

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this journey comes to an end, but fear not, we start anew with Grace's other masterpiece, Breath of a Wok. Here we will learn new techniques: steaming, braising, boiling, poaching, deep-fat frying (this does wonders for the patina), pan-frying, and even smoking! in our wok.

And so we embark on another exciting culinary adventure. I hope you continue following along or better yet, join us!

I have received permission to share with you this week's recipe. Wok on my friends!

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli
Serves 2 to 3 as a main dish with rice.

12 ounces lean flank steak
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon Shao-Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons chicken broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
12 ounces broccoli florets and stems, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon fermented black beans, rinsed and mashed (I like to add extra beans left whole as well)
3/4 cup thinly sliced onion

1. Cut the beef with the grain into 2-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a medium bowl combine the beef, ginger, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of the rice wine, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Stir in the sesame oil. In a small bowl combine the chicken broth, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and the remaining 1 tablespoon rice wine.

2. In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan bring 1 quart water to a boil over high h eat. Add the broccoli and  cook, stirring 1 minute or until the broccoli is bright green and the water almost returns to a boil. Drain in a colander, shaking out excess water.

3. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil, add the garlic and black beans, then, using a metal spatula, stir-fry 10 seconds or until the aromatics are fragrant. Push the garlic mixture to the sides of the wok, carefully add the beef, and spread it evenly in one layer in the wok. Cook undisturbed 1 minute, letting the beef begin to sear. Then stir-fry 1 minute, or until the beef is lightly browned but not cooked through. Transfer the beef to a plate.

4. Swirl the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil into the wok, add the onions, and stir-fry about 30 seconds or until the onions are just translucent. Add the broccoli and stir-fry 15 seconds or until just combined with the onions. Return the beef with any juices that have accumulated to the wok. Swirl the oyster sauce mixture into the wok and stir-fry about 30 seconds or until the beef is just cooked through. (The sesame seed garnish was my personal touch - add a sprinkle if it suits you.)

Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge | Grace Young

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And for all your wokking needs contact:

Tane or Randy at the Wok Shop, located in San Francisco. Tane has been selling woks for over 45 years! She and Randy will fit you with the perfect wok for your current situation (gas cooktop, electric, induction, etc. )

If you cannot visit the Wok Shop personally, give them a call! They also have a website to order online. I have personally purchased a few woks and other items from them; they are so very helpful!

The Wok Shop
718 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94108
(415) 989-3797

This is one store you don't want to miss visiting if you have the opportunity! Here is a peak inside the store, and Tane's heartfelt story of how her wokking career began.


  1. This is such a lovely post Cathy! You said it all perfectly!

  2. This has been so much fun to follow, and I look forward to Breath of a Wok. This was one of our favorites from this book - such rich, deep flavors! Thanks, Cathy!

  3. Cathy, Kudos to you for completing this journey! I know how dedicated you had to be. Your Stir Fried Beef and Broccoli looks and sounds fabulous! Lovely post!

  4. Well written post Cathy. And the meal that kind I love the most: fried meat plus vegetebles.

  5. Hi! I just got this book and I'm already in love! It helps a ton to look at your posts as I'm cooking the recipes. Thank you for you time and effort! What are your favorites? I'll cook those first! I've done the beef and broccoli, chinese bbq lo mein and triadadian chicken. They were all amazing!


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