Chinese Crispy Ginger Beef

Why order take-out when you can make this crispy ginger beef right at home? This authentic recipe is easy to make and it’s on the table in no time!

Crispy Ginger Beef

Crispy Ginger Beef

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2
Calories 470 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 egg
  • ½ lb flank steak, cut into thin strips 
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ¼ cup matchstick carrots (½ carrot)
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, cut into matchsticks (½ pepper)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks (½ pepper)
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (3 tsp)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice or apple cider vinegar
  • tbsp soy sauce
  • tsp sesame oil
  • tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • Place cornstarch in a bowl and gradually whisk in water until smooth.  Whisk in eggs.  Add steak strips and toss to coat.
  • Heat oil in a wok or heavy saute pan over high heat until hot but not smoking. 
  • Add ½ beef strips, and separate with a fork.  Cook, string frequently, until brown and crispy, about 3 minutes.  Remove beef to drain on paper towels, and repeat with remaining beef.
  • Drain off all but 1 tbsp of the oil.  Saute carrot, peppers, green onion, ginger and garlic until lightly browned but still crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Whisk together sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.  Pour over vegetables and bring to boil.
  • Stir beef back in and stir just until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice, if desired.
  • Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use.
  • Hack: Once opened, sesame oil can be stored in a cool, dark place (kitchen cupboard away from the stove) for up to six months.  It can be stored in the fridge for a year or more.
  • Hack:  Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
  • Hack: Matchstick carrots can be found in the packaged section of the produce department.  Freeze any leftover carrots for use in cooking.
Keyword beef, Chinese cuisine, Chinese food, crispy, flank steak, fried, ginger, homemade Chinese cuisine, Homemade Chinese food, Traditional Chinese Food

Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestion:  Pair this dish with easy vegetable rice for a complete and delicious meal!

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

These delicious and easy homemade ramen noodles are low-calorie and full of nutritious ingredients which make them a perfect choice for a snack or simple meal.

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

Course Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Servings 2
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 oz dry ramen noodles (1 block)

Instructions
 

  • In a large pan mix stock, parsley, chives, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add chicken, carrots and celery. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add ramen noodles and cook for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  • Hack: Find plain, dry ramen noodles in the Asian section of the supermarket
  • Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for single carrots or stalks of celery to avoid having to buy an entire package. Frozen carrots and celery would also work in this recipe.
  • Hack: Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
  • Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: Cooked leftover chicken can be used in this recipe. Add it in at the end of cooking the ramen noodles so it will have just enough time to get warm.
  • Hack: Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables and/or proteins you have on hand! You can also use whatever stock or bouillon you prefer.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, Asian side dish, chicken, homemade Asian cuisine, Homemade Asian food, Homemade Japanese food, Japanese, Japanese food, ramen, soup, Traditional Asian Food, traditional Japanese soup

Did you know that slurping your ramen is not considered rude in Asian countries?  As a matter of fact, it’s expected. Click here to check out some fun facts about this food!

Suggestion:  Love ramen?  Try some toasted ramen noodles or Asian coleslaw with ramen noodles.

Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe!

Traditional Homemade Wonton Soup

This traditional homemade wonton soup is a traditional Asian dish that’s meant to be warm and comforting. Wontons can be made in large quantities and frozen for later use!

Easy Homemade Wonton Soup

Easy Homemade Wonton Soup

(Courtesy Yuhong Sun)
Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3
Calories 375 kcal

Ingredients
  

Wontons:

  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 40 wonton wrappers
  • 6 cups water

Soup:

  • cups vegetable broth
  • cups water
  • 1 tomato, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Mix pork, scallions, ginger, cornstarch, vinegar, sesame oil and egg in a bowl.
  • Place 1 tsp mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper. Wet edges of wonton and fold to form a triangle shape. Seal edges. Press two corners of folded wonton together to form a hat and seal.
  • Bring six cups of water to a simmer in a large pot.
  • Gently place 12 wontons into boiling water. Add ½ cold water and allow water to return to a simmer. Add more cold water as needed, ½ cup at a time, to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • When wontons float to the surface of the water (about 5 minutes), scoop from the pot and lay on a plate in a single layer.
  • In the meantime, mix broth and water in a pan. Add tomato and bring to simmer.
  • To serve, place one cup of soup in a bowl with 4 wontons.
  • Hack: Freeze remaining uncooked wontons in a single layer on a baking sheet. When solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container. Cook from a frozen state, allowing 2 extra minutes to cook. Any leftover wonton wrappers can be wrapped tightly and frozen as well.
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For a short tutorial on folding wontons, check out this video!

For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine at home, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

Suggestion:  If you love Asian-style soup, check out Yuhongs homemade hot and sour soup!

Quick and Easy Szechuan Shrimp

This spicy Szechuan shrimp recipe hails from Southwest China. It’s healthy, tasty and easy to make from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

Szechuan Shrimp

Szechuan Shrimp

Course Main Course
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch 
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • A few Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp)
  • 12 oz medium cooked shrimp, shell removed
  • cups cooked rice, hot

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients (water through peppercorns) and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook green onion and garlic for 30 seconds. Add shrimp to pan and toss to coat with oil. Add sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is bubbly and thickened.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, Chinese cuisine, Chinese food, Homemade Asian food, Homemade Chinese food, quick and easy meal, seafood, shrimp, Szechuan Shrimp, Traditional Asian Food, Traditional Chinese Food, vegetarian

Did you know?  Shrimp is a healthy addition to your diet.  It provides a high amount of nutrients that aren’t abundant in other foods!

Do you have some cooked shrimp left?  Check out this quick and easy tomato and shrimp salad!

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