Hunan Beef

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Hunan beef is a spicy and tasteful dish, characteristics that we can expect from Hunan cuisine. For you who don’t know yet, Hunan is one of the eight regional cuisines of China and is well known for its hot spicy flavor, fresh aroma and deep color.

It’s a common thing for Hunan dish to uses a lot of ingredients, which include dried red chillies, just like this Hunan beef recipe:


3/4 pound flank steak, remove fat, then slice thinly across the grain
2 cups broccoli florets (optional)
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 small dried red chilies
1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 teaspoons water

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

3 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Hunan Beef (Illustration only, results may vary)


  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add sliced beef and stir to coat. Let it marinate for 10 minutes or more.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl, mix it well.
  • Place broccoli in a large pot with 1 inch of boiling water. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender?crisp, then drain.
  • Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add garlic and chilies and cook, stir until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add beef and stir?fry for couple of minutes, until the color is no longer pink.
  • Add broccoli and sauce to wok; bring to a boil. Add cornstarch solvent and cook, stir until sauce boils and thickens.
  • Better served hot with steamed vegetables and rice.

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