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Spicy Beef With Beans

This was a last minute thing and I was actually quite surprised with what a hit it was with the kids...considering that I snuck in some cayenne pepper. You know what a zing cayenne pepper gives? Like WHACK!!!

Anyway started off marinating the beef strips. Kids not very great with chunky beef, so I had to slice it really paper-thin kind, OK?

The beef is marinated simply with salt, soya sauce, sugar, pepper, sesame seed oil (to overcome the overwhelming smell of beef) and oyster sauce.

I had left-over beans so, just slice it (again) thinly.

The rest of the ingredients.

1. Ginger
2. Lots of garlic
3. Sweet preserved vegetables
4. Lotsa Tomato
5. Green onion
6. Cayenne pepper

I popped some garlic into the wok together with a drizzle of oil for a while. Only for a while so that the garlic became fragrant. Cook the garlic for too long on their own and it becomes bitter. So, next went the rest of the 'other ingredients' like ginger, sweet preserved vegetables, tomato...leave the green onion for the last if you like the crunch.

The reason why I put the tomato in first is because the kids don't eat tomato whole. They prefer it when it is over-cooked. I am not a fan of uncooked tomato either, so...hehehe....hey, have to cook according to how you LIKE to eat it, right? :-)

At this stage, I put some water into the mixture and add the beef.

After that, in went some sauces (can't quite remember them all but should be something like this) like oyster sauce (only a little bit more because I marinated the beef with oyster sauce earlier), soya sauce, dark soya sauce, sesame seed oil, cooking caramel and a dash of sugar and salt, grains of chicken granules AND cayenne pepper.

The explanation for addition of cayenne pepper into this dish is because I am training the kids to like spicy food more. There are just too many spicy food out there that is delicious, don't you think? And they are missing out on so much if they don't learn how to tolerate and consume a little bit of spice.

With the beef cooked through, I added in the beans and cooked it till the sauces were reduced, stirring a little here and there to integrate the sauce and the beans. I also like the beans a little more cooked through because I can't stand when I bite into them, they make the squeaky sound! ACK!!!

Anyway, there you have it. A surprise hit with the kids and they asked for spicy beef for the next couple of days. :-)


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