Variety of texture and colour is a feature of most stir-fries due to crisp-tender vegetables: in this dish crunchy bok choy stems and peanuts add more contrast to the velvety mushrooms. For convenience slice, prepare and refrigerate ingredients the day before.
- 1/4 cup light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 tsp corn starch
- 8 oz well-trimmed beef steak (sirloin tip or top sirloin)
- 1 cup whole grain brown rice
- 5–6 baby bok choy (about 375 g)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup julienned gingerroot
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 2 (227 g) pkg pre-sliced fresh white button or crimini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
- 1/2 cup frozen corn niblets (optional)
- 1/2 cup blanched, halved, unsalted peanuts
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves or green onions
- In a small measuring cup mix soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch until smooth. Pour half into a medium bowl for marinade and reserve the other half until later. Slice the beef across the grain into very thin narrow slices; stir beef into marinade mixture and marinate at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile cook rice according to package directions. Separate stalks of bok choy and remove leaves set both aside.
- In a large non-stick skillet or wok heat 2 tsp (10 mL) oil until hot over medium- high heat; add ginger, garlic and pepper flakes and stir-fry 30 seconds or until fragrant but not browned. Remove beef from marinade with slotted spoon: add to hot skillet and stir-fry 2-3 minutes or until browned. Transfer all to a bowl.
- Add remaining 1 tsp (5 mL) oil to the skillet. Add bok choy stalks, carrots, onions and mushrooms; stir-fry 3-5 minutes; add broth and corn; cover and steam 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp- tender. Stir in bok choy leaves and push vegetables to the side of skillet; pour reserved starch mixture and left over marinade into middle of skillet; bring to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Return the meat mixture with any accumulated juices and peanuts; toss just until hot. Serve over hot rice and garnish with cilantro or green onions.
- Partially freeze meat to enable cutting it very thin.
- Substitute broccoli for bok choy.
- Substitute small shiitake caps for half of the sliced mushrooms.
- Substitute raw cashews for peanuts.
Keywords: Beef Stirfry, Mushroom Stirfry, Quick Stir-Fry