Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ginger beef Stirfry -chowmein

Celiacs means no wheat, no wheat means nothing containing wheat. This means no food at a regular Chinese restaurant. No spicy vermicelli with crunchy vegetables and salty broth and no ramen noodles with that dark secret sauce. It is so hard especially if you love Asian cuisine, or are an Asian who loves Asian cuisine. I am a chow mien enthusiast. Its a complete meal for me as a pizza would be for some ;) Here is a recipe that will make you forget the best of the best chow mien that you had.

I never used to marinate protein for the stir-fry but it makes a lot of difference. I pounded the beef strips to help them get tender. I also cooked them for total 2 minutes. Green onions, garlic and soya sauce are three ingredients that would make any dish Asian inspired.

300 grams Beef strips
4 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/4 black pepper
2 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp sugar (caramelises the beef quicker)

3 handfulls. I read that rice pasta needs to soak in hot water rather then be cooked in it. I let them soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Leave them a little al Dante. Have this ready before you start your stir-fry.

2 green onions
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp julienne ginger
1/2 crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 five spice
1/4 cup gf soya sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp cornflour mixed in cold water
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup green pepper
1/2 cup red pepper
1/2 cup water
2 green chiles
1/4 cup oil

Marinade the beef in everything for at least an hour. In a wok, 1 tbsp of  oil and cook the beef on high heat for 20 seconds on each side. Get the beef out of the wok on a plate. Place the wok on a different burner so you do not burn anything you add. Add tbsp of oil, garlic, green onions, crushed red pepper and sautee on medium heat for a minute, add fresh ginger and then add the soya sauce and water. Let it cook for a minute add the vegetables, let them cook for three minutes and then add corn flour mix. Add Noodles and rest of the oil, stir-fry with a flat utensil. If the noodles brown that is  good. Add the beef strips right at the end. Cook for 30 seconds and serve right away, as the beef and vegetables will get over cooked if it stays on the stove for extra 10 mins.

Beef strips marinated in soya sauce, garlic, ginger, black pepper, crushed red pepper and sugar
Rice noodles-Soaked in Hot water

few of the sauce spices
Fresh vegetables
I love this part of stir fry, you feel like a chef
spicy, ginger beef with loads of vegetables

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