Beef and broccoli

Beef and broccoli

Before I moved to Korea I admit that I was a little ignorant about the differences in East Asian cuisine; I hadn’t even heard of kimchi.  So when people asked me if I liked Korean food, I replied that I was sure I would since I like Chinese food.  Now, as experience as taught me, Chinese food and Korean food are quite different.  And Chinese food served in Canada is not very authentic Chinese, especially the dishes served up in the the food court in the mall.

One of my favourite Chinese dishes is and has always been beef and broccoli.  My mom made it often growing up and since it included my favourite vegetable, it was a winner in my eyes.  In my naivety about Korea prior to setting out and moving there, I assumed that since Chinese food had lots of broccoli, Korean food would as well.  Once again, experience was my teacher and I learned that Koreans don’t traditionally cook with it and it wasn’t easy to find.  So even though I have grown to love Korean food, I still really enjoy a yummy beef and broccoli dinner!

(This is based on my mom’s recipe)

The time you need: prep: 15 mins  cook time: 15 mins

The things you need:

  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/4 c leek
  • several mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 c beef broth (my kids like it saucy)
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

The how to:

  • chop the veggies
  • heat up a wok
  • add the olive oil and allow it to heat.  add the garlic and the ginger. saute them for a few seconds
  • add the beef and brown
  • once browned, remove from the pan and add soy sauce
  • add chopped vegetables, a splash of water and stir fry on medium high until almost cooked
  • mix together the beef broth, cornstarch and soy sauce and add to the veggies and give a quick mix
  • add the meat and juices
  • cook until thickened
  • serve over rice and enjoy!

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