Updated: Feb 1
This recipe comes hot off the press from my good friend Yumiko Nikaido, who always has her finger on the pulse of new recipes coming out of Japan. This dish is a simple stir fry using either rump or sirloin steak. I'm sure you know that rump and sirloin can sometimes be a little tough - this recipe uses Japanese sake in the marinade to soften the beef fibres. The meat is also sliced quite finely -Yumiko recommends putting the meat in the freezer until it's quite firm so that you get finer slices more easily when you cut it - so you end up with nice, soft, tasty beefsteak on your plate.
Along with the meat, there's plenty of vegetables - onion, carrot, bell pepper, garlic and ginger along with some sesame and spring onions for a garnish. So, all in all, this dish provides you with plenty of protein, vitamins and fibre to keep you in good shape. There's a little heat as well from a sprinkling of chilli flakes. I pair this dish with steamed white rice but you could make it even more healthy by using brown rice instead.
Time-wise, you can have this dish on your table in 40 minutes. The prep is fairly minimal, some slicing and a little grating and it's done. The beef (I used rump) and most of the vegetables are steeped in a marinade for at least 30 minutes - obviously, the longer you leave the beef in the marinade, the softer it will become - the stir frying takes only around 5 minutes and you're ready to serve.
If you like the sound of this recipe, you can find the Youtube tutorial by clicking Stir fried Beefsteak with Miso and Sesame or by scrolling to the bottom of the page, The written recipe is just below.
Happy frying! Kurumi XXXX.
(makes 2 servings)
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Japanese sake
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp miso
250g / 9oz rump or sirloin beef steak
90g / 3oz carrot
1 red bell pepper
1cm / 1/2 inch slice of ginger
2 spring onions
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp vegetable oil
to prepare the marinade, grate 1 clove of garlic and put it in a small bowl. add the soy sauce, sake, sugar, sesame oil & miso and mix well before setting aside
cut the beefsteak in half lengthways, then slice thinly into bite sized strips about 3 -4 mms wide
halve a medium onion. cut one half into chunks and the other half into thin slices
peel and slice the carrot thinly, then julienne into matchsticks
deseed and halve the bell pepper. cut into quarters then slice into matchsticks.
put the chopped onion into a blender and blend into a pulp
put the sliced beef into a bowl. add the marinade & the blended onion and mix well.
add the sliced onion, carrot & bell pepper. mix well and set asde to marinate for 30 minutes
meanwhile, grate the ginger and set aside
grind the toasted sesame seeds and set that aside also
finely chop the spring onions and set aside.
heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan. add the marinated beef and vegetables. stir fry over a high heat until the beef & onion are cooked
turn down the heat to medium add the ginger, crushed sesame seed & chilli flakes and stir once again
garnish with the chopped spring onion. serve with bowls of white or brown rice