Zesty and fiery, this Asian beef recipe with pak choi is always a popular dinner recipe in our house. It's quick and easy to make so ideal for midweek as well as tasty enough for a special meal.
In our house, I do all the cooking. I would not have it any other way. I love to be in charge of the kitchen and usually I make all the decisions about what we're going to eat.
But sometimes, I do ask my husband what he'd like for dinner this week. When I do I can almost guarantee that this is the dish he'll request. He loves strong flavours and as the sauce in this recipe is not cooked, it packs a really strong punch. This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver's Happy Days with the Naked Chef
What's in the sauce?
Raw chilli peppers, garlic and ginger. Mmmm. I love it too. If you aren't such a chilli fiend you can remove the seeds but in our house the seeds are there to stay. There's also freshly squeezed lime juice and soy sauce. It's a brilliant combination of oriental flavours.
What makes this Asian beef stir fry sauce different?
What really makes the sauce for this Asian beef different is that it is not cooked. That means that the raw ginger, garlic and chillies are still full of flavour and really make this a punchy vibrant tasting meal. It's almost like a dipping sauce but poured over the stir fry.
Can you substitute the beef to make it vegetarian?
This Asian stir fry would also work really well with crispy stir fried tofu in place of the beef. Just press the tofu, coat it in cornflour and then fry it. There are more details about how to cook crispy tofu in my chilli and black pepper tofu recipe.
How can you adapt this Asian beef with pak choi?
I often adapt the vegetables that I serve with this Asian stir fry. Instead of using pak choi you can use any Asian greens. Alternatively you can stir fry sliced green peppers, baby corn and mange tout. Spinach and kale also work as substitutes.
What to serve with this Asian beef stir fry?
I like to serve this with plain rice as I just love that fiery sauce. However, any oriental rice works well as do noodles.
Recipe for Asian Beef and Pak Choi
Asian Beef and Pak Choi Recipe
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 red chilli pepper finely sliced
- 10 g root ginger grated or finely diced
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 5 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 steaks
- 300 g pak choi or spinach
- Put the lime juice, sliced chilli, ginger, garlic and soy sauce into a bowl. Mix well.
- Heat a griddle pan. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Cooking time depends on the thickness of the steaks and how you like it done. Cook on each side then remove from the heat and leave to rest for a few minutes.
- Keep the pan on the heat. Pour a little water into the pan that has cooked the steaks. Scrape the bottom of the pan and then pour the liquid into the bowl with the sauce.
- Boil some water in a pan and then when it is bubbling, add the pak choi. Cook briefly then remove.
- Slice the steak thinly. Put the pak choi on the plates. Arrange the slices of steak on top of the pak choi. Spoon the sauce over the top. Serve with rice.
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