Hunan Beef

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Hunan beef is another great spicy Asian dish. Although not at the top of my list, I do enjoy making it once in awhile. This dish consists of deep fried strips of beef, broccoli, and a spicy sauce. If you don’t want to deep fry the beef, it can be cooked in the pan as well. I usually prefer to deep fry because I enjoy the texture better.  This recipe gets its spice from Chili paste with garlic. If you want less heat you can reduce the amount added to the sauce. Placing the beef into the freezer for about an hour before slicing will make the beef easier to slice and allow you to get thinner strips. If you don’t want to use broccoli, you can replace it with another vegetable or several other kinds of vegetables. Serve with white rice.


3/4lb flank steak (sliced into thin strips)
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cornstarch
oil (for frying)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili paste with garlic
1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon sugar
Several drops sesame oil (to taste)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
4 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a medium bowl combine beef, egg white and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside. In another bowl mix together soy sauce and chili paste. Mix in 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic. Set aside.
Step 2: Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. Deep fry strips of beef in batches for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Step 3: Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sauce mixture to the wok and cook until it becomes thickened and bubbly. Mix in cooked beef strips and cook for 1 minute. Remove beef and sauce from the pan to a platter and set aside.
Step 4: Wipe the fry pan clean. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok or skillet over medium high heat. Add sherry and salt. Add broccoli florets and stir fry for 1 minute. Serve broccoli with the beef mixture and white rice.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Smashing Pumpkins on Mar 15, 2013

    I will try them all, best answer for one that taste best.

  2. posted by Lucas H on Mar 15, 2013

    Looking for some affordable places with lots of style or great atmosphere.

  3. posted by Salam on Mar 15, 2013

    I just ordered Chinese delivery, and I usually get the Orange Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken. But today I felt like trying something totally new. I did not have time to look and think beforehand because I was being rushed to order by a family member who was also ordering. So, I took a chance and ordered the Hunan Beef. I have never tried it. While I am waiting for it to get here I thought I would ask if it is any good.
    Ha Ha, Human. I get it. Now seriously, how could something be both Human and Beef? It could only be one or the other. Fail.
    Would somebody please report Ruby Harrolson to get that answer kicked. All I need is one more! Kick that answer and you get best answer, no matter what. Just kick it and let me know. Spammers must be fought.

  4. posted by steve on Mar 15, 2013

    Szechuan Beef and Hunan Beef

    I like them both but I can’t really tell a difference.

  5. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 15, 2013

    Seriously, does he have any significance in Chinese History? Perhaps pertaining to dining?

  6. posted by Ev dog on Mar 16, 2013

    Does each one have a standard array of vegetables? Which ones have no vegetable? Thanks.
    Edit: all of the answers are so good, even the short one, that I cannot possibly choose one as best. Thanks for the answers.

  7. posted by MentallyCryppled on Mar 17, 2013

    Well I’m making a story where all details need to be exact and right so I was wondering what kind of food they have at the restaurant on top of reunion tower, five-sixty?

  8. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 18, 2013

    I’ve never been to China. I say that I love Chinese food, but the Chinese food I say I love is probably barely recognizable to someone actually from there.

  9. posted by soccermaster1 on Mar 18, 2013

    Every chinese restaurant in Chicago has it. And I miss it.

  10. posted by Heath on Mar 18, 2013

    -How long do I have to cook a 3 oz. piece of salmon?
    -How many tablespoons of oil do I put on the pan?
    -Low, medium, or high heat?
    -What are some simple seasonings to make the salmon simple and tasty? and what amount? I have salt, sugar, cinnamon, honey, pico de gallo, chili paste, ketchup, tapatio, brown sugar, soy sauce.
    Thanks in advance.

  11. posted by Samuro on Mar 18, 2013

    When I was in Beijing no one heard of it, and when my girlfriend took me to a place she thought had it it was way different. I also forgot to ask the name lol.

    Wo yao somethin somethin Cheedeen
    Is what I know.
    I just got back to the US, I’ve been dying for some G-Tso’s…

  12. posted by Hotshot t on Mar 20, 2013

    I need to do some homework on World Cuisine, and I have chosen Chinese. Erm please can anyone tell me some traditional or well known Chinises dishes, and what the main ingredient is?
    Thanks X

  13. posted by Jenna on Mar 25, 2013

    What are your favorite restaurants?
    Casual dining, fine dining, pubs, anything and everything!

  14. posted by apleaforbrandon on Mar 25, 2013

    What is your favorite ethnic cuisine?

    Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian
    Turkish, Greek, Italian, French, Swiss, English, American
    Mexican, Brazilian, Arabic, African etc…

    Which one do you enjoy most?
    And what are the major dishes of the ethnic cuisine you chose?

    Mine is Korean, Galbi(Korean Barbecue)!

  15. posted by Jeff on Mar 25, 2013

    Most menus don’t have translations, so I have no idea what I’m ordering. For example, I just learned that moo goo gai pan is mushrooms & chicken. But what is:
    yang chow
    kung bow
    moo shu

    Thank you.

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