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Beef & Broccoli
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4.7 from 10 votes

Beef & Broccoli - Best Chinese Takeout Recipe!


  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 300 grams New York Steak Cut (10 oz Sirloin or Chuck good too)

Velveting Beef

  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch Powder (or Potato Starch Powder)
  • Few cracks Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable oil (Mix-in 1 Tablespoon at a time)

Brown Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (!) Oyster Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon (!) Chicken Stock Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Water

Fry Beef

  • ½ cup Vegetable oil

Additional Ingredients for Final Stir-Fry

  • 2 teaspoons (!) Vegetable Oil
  • ½ teaspoon (!) Minced Garlic
  • ½ teaspoon (!) Minced Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Starch Water (see ingredients below)

Starch Water Mixture (For Thickening Sauce)

  • 1 Tablespoon Starch Powder (Use Potato Or Corn Starch)
  • 2 Tablespoons Water


Prep Beef & Broccoli

  • Pat the piece of beef down with a few paper towels - get rid of excess moisture (that way, it doesn't splatter when you fry it later). Then cut the piece of beef into thin strips.
  • Take out a mixing bowl. Place in 1 Egg White, Starch Powder (2 Tablespoons), Black Pepper (few shakes). Stir it together until it turns into a slurry. Then we will add-in a total of 3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil. However, add in only 1 Tablespoon at a time. Give it a stir and repeat until you add all 3 Tablespoons of oil.
  • Then mix-in the meat pieces. Set it aside and let it marinate for 20 minutes.
  • Cut a head of broccoli into smaller florets. Don't forget about the stem - slice the upper portion of the stem into thin pieces as well.
  • Bring a pot of water up to boil. Once its boiling, blanche the broccoli for exactly 1 minute. Then immediately strain and soak in very cold water. Then strain and shake off excess water - set aside and let it drip off excess water.
  • Make brown sauce: Mix Soy Sauce (1 Tablespoon), Sugar (1 Tablespoon), Oyster Sauce (1 teaspoon), Chicken Stock Broth Powder (½ teaspoon), Water (3 Tablespoons).

Fry Beef First

  • Place ½ a cup of vegetable oil into a pot or wok. Once it turns hot, carefully add in the beef strips - add one at a time. Flip and fry until the pieces are cooked on both sides. Then take out each one and place onto a plate.
  • Now, discard the oil from the frying pan. Thoroughly wipe out any leftover oil with a paper towel.
  • Before we get to stir-frying, let's make the starch water mixture. Mix 1 Tablespoon of Starch Powder with 2 Tablespoons of Water.
  • Now its time to stir-fry: Add in Vegetable Oil (2 teaspoons) to a wok or frying pan. Once it gets hot, add in the Minced Garlic (½ teaspoon) & Minced Ginger (½ teaspoon).
  • Once it starts to sizzle in the oil, immediately add in the Broccoli, Beef Pieces and the Brown Sauce. Stir-fry it around, so all the ingredients get covered in the brown sauce.
  • Then give your starch mixture another quick mix. Place in one spoonful and stir-fry. This should start to thicken-up the sauce. If you need more, add in more spoonful. Stir-fry for 10-15 seconds.
  • Turn off heat. Serve over rice - and enjoy life!