Better Than Take-Out Broccoli and Beef

Classic Chinese take-out dish made in your own kitchen! Easy as take-out, but better in taste. No MSG. (Unless you want to add MSG, ofcourse)

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I’ve told you guys this in my last vlog, but I think I’m addicted to renovation programs. I just finished “Property Brothers” and I’m hung up on “Fixer Upper” as we speak type. I’ve been watching these two programs every.single.day for the past few weeks now. I know there’s a lot of controversy around these programs and that people think it’s fake, but I don’t really care. I just love watching the house transformations. Makes me want to take up on a fixer upper. Isn’t that hilarious?! I really shouldn’t though. I’d probably get sick from stress halfway through the project ánd hurt myself a gazillion times haha.. It’s good to have dreams and goals though.

Anyway, back to food. Food can make my day. Even if I have a bad day, good food never fails to make me smile. One of the dishes that never fails to cheer me up is broccoli and beef. (Okay, honestly, I’d prefer some Pho over everything all day every day, but I haven’t mastered dad’s skills yet.) Broccoli and beef is such a simple dish (really!) and tastes so.good. You only need some basic Asian ingredients. Better than take-out. Promise. Once you’ve tried this homemade version, you’ll never go back. Amazing flavor without MSG. You won’t miss it. Also, did you know broccoli is one of my favorite veggies? Could eat buckets of them (but probably shouldn’t because all of the gas-production lol).

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To make this dish, I used a Dutch beef cut similar to beef steak. It’s a very tender kind of meat. I know cuts of beef differ in different countries so giving you the Dutch name of the cut I used probably won’t help. Just make sure you choose a tender cut of beef. In addition, we’ll be cutting the tender meat into thin slices, so it will be so good to bite into the pieces of beef: tender and juicy. That’s probably why I love this dish so much. The flavorsome beef is super easy to chew and (almost) melts like butter in your mouth. My gosh, just thinking about this makes me salivate.

As for the broccoli, preparation takes practically no effort at all. Just boil a pot of water with a drop of oil, drop in de broccoli, blanch for 30 seconds, remove and plunge into an ice bath. This way you’ll have maximum broccoli flavor with a delicious crunch. Yum. Hit me up with a big bowl, please.

Now, all there’s left is to mix the two ingredients with the delicious sauce and you’ve got yourself homemade broccoli and beef. Wasn’t that easy and quick? I couldn’t believe it the first time I made this. So simple and easy, yet so SO delicious. Don’t forget to serve this with white rice! It’s the best combo. Brown rice won’t suffice.

Broccoli and Beef
Serves 2
Classic Chinese take-out dish made in your own kitchen! Easy as take-out, but better in taste. No MSG. (Unless you want to add MSG, ofcourse)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 g tender beef cut, cut in thin slices
  2. florets of 1 medium broccoli
  3. 4-5 cm ginger, peeled and sliced
  4. water, for boiling
  5. oil, for cooking
Ingredients for the marinade
  1. 1 Tbsp corn starch
  2. ½ Tbsp soy sauce
  3. 1 tsp Chinese rice wine
  4. ¼ tsp sesame oil
  5. pepper, to taste
Ingredients for the sauce
  1. 1 tsp corn starch
  2. 2 tsp soy sauce
  3. 2 tsp oyster sauce
  4. ¼ tsp sugar
  5. ¼ tsp sesame oil
  6. 4 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the beef and the ingredients for the marinade. Set aside to marinate (about 15 min, follow other steps in the mean time)
  2. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a few drops of oil.
  4. Blanch the broccoli in the hot water (10-20s). Transfer the broccoli to a sieve to drain water and plunge in an ice-bath to stop the broccoli from cooking. Set aside.
  5. In a wok, heat about 1 tablespoon of oil.
  6. Add the beef and stir-fry until almost done. Remove from pan.
  7. Add some more oil if needed and fry the ginger until golden brown and fragrant.
  8. Add the broccoli, meat and sauce. Give the sauce a good stir before adding.
  9. Stir to combine the ingredients and cook until the sauce has thickened.
  10. Serve immediately.
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