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Honeymoon on a Plate

2011-05-11 11:59:27|Food

This recipe is my gift to Kate and Will – a perfect recipe that will echo the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and fragrant times that life will throw their way, like a true Chinese dish – the process will be fun, the dish delicious and no doubt be balanced and full of flavour! Beef in Oyster SauceIngredients:For the beef350g/12oz beef fillet1 tsp light soy sauce1½ tbsp oyster saucepinch sugarsalt and freshly ground black pepper2 tbsp groundnut oil3 cloves garlie, finely chopped1 chili, de-seeded, finely chopped200g/7oz baby spinach leaves1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherrypinch of dried chilli flakes For the oyster mushrooms1 tsp groundnut oil100g/3½oz oyster mushroomsdash Chinese black rice vinegar or balsamic vinegardash light soy sauce  Preparation method For the beef, place the fillet in between two sheets of cling film and bash with a meat mallet or rolling pin until half as thin. Slice the beef into thin pieces and place into a bowl, then season with the light soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside. Heat a wok until smoking and add one tablespoon of the groundnut oil, then add the garlic and chilli. Stir-fry for a few seconds, then add the spinach leaves and toss for a few seconds, until warmed through. Pile onto a large serving plate. Place the wok back on the heat and add the remaining oil, then add the beef slices and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the beef is cooked to your liking. Pour in the Shaoxing rice wine and sprinkle over the dried chilli flakes. Pile the beef over the spinach leaves. For the oyster mushrooms, heat the oil in the wok and add the oyster mushrooms, stir frying for one minute. Add a small splash of water to create some steam to help the mushrooms cook, then season, to taste, with the black rice vinegar and light soy sauce. Spoon the oyster mushrooms over the beef and serve. (Recipe from Chinese Food Made Easy, published by Harper Collins, for the recipe video go to the BBC2 website)

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