Crispy chilli beef
Crispy chilli beef – home-made beats take-away – no contest!
Crispy chilli beef has to be one of the most popular dishes people order at Chinese restaurants or from take-aways.
More often than not though, the crunchy strips of beef are so tough and so over fried that all you can taste is the greasy batter and oil. Not nice.
I thought I’d post the recipe for how I make it because this is a meal that can be made in under 30 minutes tops!
I hope that when you see how easy it is to cook, you’ll want to try making this at home instead of reaching for the telephone.
I made this crispy chilli beef for our lunch on Sunday and I served it with some plain rice – a great base for tempering the syrupy sauce – and poured the beef onto a bed of finely sliced gem lettuce and halved cherry tomatoes. Gem lettuce is perfect because the inner leaves and core generally have a slightly bitter tinge, which is the perfect foil against the sweetness and sharpness of the chilli beef sauce.
The zing from the chilli sauce puts just the right amount of heat in my belly to warm me up against the cold spell we’re experiencing right now.
Have a great weekend!
Lots of love
Crispy chilli beef
1 sirloin steak, fat trimmed off and cut into thin strips
1-2 tablespoons of cornflour
Pinch of salt
Oil to cover about 2cm in the pan you’ll use for frying
In a bowl, sprinkle the salt and cornflour over your beef strips and ensure all the pieces of beef are coated by the cornflour.
Deep fry your beef in 1-2 batches. They’ll only take a couple of minutes so keep checking them.
You only need the cornflour coating to turn slightly golden to know that your beef is ready and cooked enough. Lift your beef out with a slotted spoon and drain them on kitchen/paper towels.
Chilli beef sauce
1 tablespoon minced/grated ginger
3-4 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce (the one I use is quite fiery too)
2 tablespoon soy sauce
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of ¼ of lemon
Half a medium carrot, finely diced
(optional) 1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds
In a saucepan, mix all the ingredients together (apart from the sesame seeds) and simmer gently while you fry your beef.
Just before you’re ready to serve, add your toasted sesame seeds to the chilli beef sauce.
Fill a small side dish with some of the sauce so you can use it for dipping and pour the rest over your fried beef. Stir well and serve.
It’s best eaten as soon as possible or else the beef will lose its crispness!