Thursday, December 3, 2009
Spicy Stir Fried Beef with Chinese Preserved Vegetable
Initially, I was absolutely terrified by the idea of moving into the same apartment complex as sous chef's parents.
- SC's parents forcing us to dine at their place at ALL TIMES
- Being caught dining out = endless complaints
- Impromptu visits/inspections when my flat is at its record-breaking state of mess
- Unsolicited comments about various living conditions/lifestyle
However, it turned out to be the best thing ever!
- As they're so near, we could drop by for dinners whenever we want, they never had to force us!
- The closest place = the safest place
- Impromptu visits at the messiest prompted them to help cleaning the flat (woohoo!)
- Comments went into left ear, went out of the same ear, never made it to the other side :)
This easy stir fried beef with chinese preserved veggie dish is one of my favorite dishes from sc's parents.
- 1/2 lbs beef, sliced thinly
- 1 pack of Chinese Preserved Vegetable (jar choi = 炸菜)
- a couple of red chilli, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- dark soy, sugar, white pepper, corn starch, olive oil
Marinate beef with a bit of dark soy, sugar, white pepper and 1 tsp corn starch for at least 15 minutes. In a hot frying pan, saute garlic and chilli with a bit of olive oil, add marinated beef, add preserved vegetables, adjust seasoning if necessary, serve with steamed rice. Spicy, sweet, sour, savoury, smoky...all in one dish!
It's quick, easy, homey, Chinese comfort food at its best.
At sc's parents place, dinner is served on a large round table lined with newspaper...just in case you missed the news. Since I don't read Chinese, I normally prefer to be seated around the bikini/celebrity gossip section of the newspaper :D
As we speak, SC is making a phone call to request for dinner at his parents' tonight :D