Stir-Fried Beef with Sugar Peas

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Stir-Fried Beef with Sugar Peas
Remember to work quickly when you make any stir-fried dish. Have everything cut and measured before you start cooking. Cook the meat and vegetables just until they are tender.

Ingredients

        1 lb. lean steak (any boneless cut); 1 tbsp. soy sauce

        1 tbsp. oyster sauce (optional); 2 tbsp. cornstarch

        1 tsp. sesame oil (optional); 1 tsp. sugar

        2 c. sugar (snow) peas*; 4 tbsp. vegetable oil

        ½ tsp. salt; ½ c. sliced water chestnuts or bamboo shoots

        ½ c. sliced mushrooms.

* If you have trouble finding sugar (snow) peas, use broccoli, green beans, or any other chopped green vegetable. Pork, chicken, or tofu may also be substituted for beef.

Instructions

Step 1:
Cut beef across the grain into thin slices. (Meat is easier to cut thinly when it is partly frozen.)

Step 2:
Marinate beef in mixture of soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, and sugar. Set aside.

Step 3:
Remove stems and strings from sugar peas, leaving pods intact. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 4:
Put 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a hot skillet or wok. Add salt, sugar peas, water chestnuts or bamboo shoots, and mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, until peas become a dark green (about 2 minutes). Remove to a bowl.

Step 5:In the same skillet, add remaining 2 tbsp. vegetable oil. Add beef mixture and stir constantly until beef is almost done (about 5 minutes). Return sugar peas, water chestnuts, and mushrooms to the skillet and mix well until heated through.

Food: Stir-Fried Beef with Sugar Peas

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