Friday, December 9, 2011

Green pepper with beef in black pepper sauce 黑胡椒青椒牛肉絲

I can't believe that there are still vegetables growing in my in-laws' garden. It's still pretty warm for December, we were in the 60s last week. The temperature just came down to 40s this week. Feels pretty cold with the wind, but it hasn't slow yet. I hope it comes as late as possible.

So my in-laws gave us some green bell peppers. They looked so yummy. I am going to make a very common Taiwanese dish -- green pepper with beef in black pepper sauce. Beef needs some strong taste to bring up the flavor. Black pepper makes my whole body warm, from my stomach to the sole of my feet. It tastes the best when covering over rice. It costs about $5 a plate!

Green pepper with beef in black pepper sauce:
  • one pound of beef sirloin
  • 3-4 large green bell peppers, thin sliced.
  • 3-4 slices of ginger
  • 3-4 Tbsp of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp oyster sauce (optional)

1. Cut the beef sirloin in thin slices. (The thinner the easier to cook through.)
2. Marinate the beef with 3-4 thin sliced ginger (extra), 1/4 cup soy sauce (extra), 1 Tbsp cooking wine and 3 Tbsp of tapioca powder (太白粉). Set aside.
3. Cut the green peppers in thin slices.
4. Heat up 4 Tbsp cooking oil in pan. Heat the oil until it's pretty hot.
5. Add the ginger slices and beef. Stir-fry until the color of the beef turn light brown.
6. Mix in the green peppers.
7. Add the ground black pepper.
8. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Cook and mix briefly until the sauce is thickened and reduced.
9. Serve.

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