Crispy Chilli Beef

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Ditch the takeaway and whip up this Chinese flash-fried steak with a sweet gingery sauce and red peppers


  • 350g thin-cut minute steak , very thinly sliced into strips
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 red pepper , thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli , thinly sliced
  • 4 spring onions , sliced, green and white parts separated
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • thumb-sized piece ginger , cut into matchsticks
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • cooked noodles , to serve (optional)
  • prawn crackers, to serve (optional)


  1. Put the beef in a bowl and toss in the cornflour and five-spice. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan until hot, then add the beef and fry until golden and crisp. Scoop out the beef and drain on kitchen paper. Pour away all but 1 tbsp oil.
  2. Add the pepper, half the chilli, the white ends of the spring onions, garlic and ginger to the pan. Stir-fry for 3 mins to soften, but don’t let the garlic and ginger burn. Mix the vinegar, soy, chilli sauce and ketchup in a jug with 2 tbsp water, then pour over the veg. Bubble for 2 mins, then add the beef back to the pan and toss well to coat. Serve the beef on noodles with prawn crackers, if you like, scattered with the remaining chilli and the green parts of the spring onions.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Caltel T on Feb 17, 2013

    I am going through Anorexia recovery. I am 17 years old. 5’6 in height. And i weigh 6 stone 4lbs. I have suffered from Anorexia since February. At the beginning of September I realised I needed to stop. And i got help. I follow a meal plan of 2600+ calories a day. But I am now scared that I binge eat. This is a viscous cycle and I just want a healthy relationship with food.

    I will give you an example of a ‘binge’ in my eyes…
    I was at my best friends the other night and we ordered chinese from the local chinese takeaway…. I ate 1 vegetable spring roll, 1 portion of crispy chilli beef, 1 portion of chicken chow mien, loads of prawn crackers and all of this was covered in Satay sauce. I was stuffed. I then looked at my friends plate and realised she hadn’t finished. I then ate her vegetable spring roll, half of her left portion of crispy chilli beef, the rest of her left over chicken chow mien and finished off her percentage of the prawn crackers. I then took my fork and scraped the bowl clean of satay sauce. 20 minutes later I made for her cupboard and there was an unopened box of cadburys chocolate fingers. The packet was empty within 10 minutes. My friend said she was STUFFED FULL and did not eat any of the chocolate fingers. I ate a whole packet to myself. Was i hungry? No. I felt sick if anything. But I still ate. And I didn’t stop there. I then had 3 big scoops of vanilla ice cream. Ok. That’s a binge. That was on top of my 2600+ calorie meal plan. In total I reckon I had a GOOD 10,000 calories in that one day. Maybe even more.

    Another example of a ‘binge’ happened last night.
    I was out with friends. I had eaten very well during the day and planned on going to a bar at night for drinks. So we went to Southend. None of my friends had eaten dinner that day so we at own in a restaurant and they ate. I nibbled on a side order of onion rings. We then went to the seafront. I wasn’t hungry. None of my friends were hungry, But still i bought a sugar doughnut and ate in in a few bites. We then went to a bar and drunk cocktails. THEN, they fancied McDonald’s drive thru. I wasn’t hungry so I ordered a hot chocolate, just because i fancied one. I drunk that… Then had one portion of medium fries that one of my friends did not want to eat. AND the two portions of onion rings that were given to us by mistake by the silly McDonald’s worker. I ate this food WITHOUT being hungry what so ever.

    What is this? Why is it happening? I have gone from one extreme to the other. I used to be able to control what I ate. I used to be able to stop myself after one bite. I used to be able to say ‘no thank you, I do not want chips, i’m not hungry’ and mean it. Now, I will just eat and eat and eat. Even if I am FULLY STUFFED. I have never starved myself to the point where I have not actually eaten. I have always had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even if my lunch was just a cracker and my breakfast was a tiny portion of Kellogg’s cornflakes and my dinner was 1 weight watchers quiche on its own. I have never technically starved.

    Has anyone ever been through this? Please do not judge me. I just wish for some advice and guidance.

  2. posted by Con Orpe on Mar 15, 2013

    I mean like a chart with foods and and point value for each item please.

  3. posted by Melanie on Mar 16, 2013

    1. Taco Beef Salad – Mexican ranch salad served with a crispy Tortila shell Topped with mince beef, sour cream, salsa and guacamole

    2. Beer battered Fish and Chips – served with Tartare Sauce and lemon

    3. Vegetable Stir-Fry – Hokkien noodles with vegetables, chilli and sweet soy sauce

    Which is healthiest? Thank you very much ! :)

  4. posted by dubmecrazy3 on Mar 18, 2013

    I need a list of some of the native foods, and just a short discription about the major ones :) Thanks, it’s for a project

  5. posted by sakyue1993 on Mar 18, 2013

    What are thee absolute best combination of food stuffs that one can put between two slices of bread? thus making what is commonly referred to as a Sandwich , A sam-ich, or a sammie. One also might inquire what is the best bread for the sandwich as well as the best accouterments.

    Just curious.
    <3 R.B.

  6. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 21, 2013

    My fiancee and I are cooking our own meals and we are stumped as to some good and different meals that are relatively easy to make. Any suggestions will be very helpful!

  7. posted by Victoria T on Mar 26, 2013

    I have started to eat only 500 calories each day is this enough i am 67 years old.

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