Deh-Ta Hsiung (Stir-fried Beef with Oyster Sauce)

[Quick Facts]
Main Ingredients: Beef, Mushrooms, Ginger, Snow Peas, Soy Sauce
Time Required: 1.0 hour
Serves: 2


  • 4 ounces (approx 113 grams) topped and tailed Snow Peas
  • 1/2 thinly sliced small Carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A few small bits of fresh Ginger root
  • 1 spring Onion cut into short sections
  • 1/2 teaspoon soft brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • 10 ounces (approx 283 grams) beef steak for example topside rump
  • 4 small dried Chinese mushrooms soaked in water
  • About 1 pint (approx 473 ml or 2 cups) seasoned oil* (see below)
  • For the marinade:

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder or bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons thick cornstarch (cornflour) paste – (1 part cornflour with 1.25 parts cold water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark or light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Instructions:

    (1) Cut the beef across the grain into thin slices about 2 inches long.

    (2) Marinate in the marinade for several hours; overnight if possible.

    (3) Press dry the mushrooms and dispose any hard stalks.

    (4) Heat the oil in a preheated Wok until medium hot (300-325 degrees F).

    (5) Blanch the beef for about 45-55 seconds. Stir to separate the slices and then remove as soon as the color changes.

    (6) Drain. Pour off the excess oil, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the Wok.

    (7) Stir-fry the vegetables for 1 minute. Add the salt and sugar, continue stirring for another minute.

    (8) Add the beef and the oyster sauce, blend well and serve hot.

    *How to season vegetable oil:

    (1) Pour about 1 pint (473 ml) vegetable oil into a pre-heated saucepan or Wok over high heat.

    (2) Add 2-3 small pieces of Ginger root.

    (3) The Ginger pieces should rise to the surface in a few minutes.

    (4) Watch the color of the Ginger now. When it turns from pale yellow to dark brown, turn off the heat and let the oil cool down a little before removing the ginger pieces.

    (5) You have seasoned oil now, store it in a container.

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