Beef Broccoli

When it comes to grocery shopping I am the Project Manager; this means I am the main decision-maker on what to purchase for the week’s meal. But the one item that is almost always picked by Masood, the Finance Manager, is broccoli (surprisingly, he doesn’t eat cauliflower). He picked the beef, too. And when he picks these items, I know what he wants me to cook—stir-fried beef broccoli.

The preparation begins the night before, although most people marinate the beef just an hour before cooking. But since my mornings are late and busy, I like to at least get the marination process out of the way. I start off by slicing the gorgeous-looking beef steak piece (250 gm) into thin slices, just like this. Then I marinate them in a bowl that contains a mix of:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes

“Hey, what are you doing?” asks Masood, as he peeks into the kitchen. “Oh, I’m just marinating the beef for tomorrow’s lunch.” He then goes off to take a shower. After I’m finished with the beef, I decide to pamper myself with a little facial mask while I wait for Masood. Applying a layer of gram flour and rose water paste on my face, I relax myself on the couch, a magazine in my hands and feet on the coffee table. A few minutes later, Masood walks out of the bathroom, gives me a quick smile, and disappears into the other room without a word. He doesn’t notice my facial mask, you guys! It’s not like I do this facial thing every night. So this is probably what happens when you’re married for four years—the husband doesn’t notice whether you put something on your face or not.

When he returns to where I am sitting, he looks curiously at me, staring at the yellow stuff plastered on my face. “What’s that?!” he asks. And even before I could give him a detailed explanation on the virtues of homemade facial masks, he adds, “Are you marinating your face?”

Back to our recipe…

To make this ultra-yummy beef broccoli, you’ll also need:

  • broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • a capsicum, diced into cute squares
  • 4 pieces of garlic, finely chopped
  • green chilies, chopped
  • sesame seeds
  • oil (I used sesame seed oil)
  • 1 tsp cornflour

Stir-fry Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  1. Boil a cup of water in a pan. Add the broccoli florets, cover the pan, and cook for 3 minutes. Do not overcook. The florets should be bright green and crisp. Drain. Immediately immerse the florets in a bowl of cold water (to retain the green color). Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté the capsicum real quick in a dash of oil, until crisp. Set aside.
  3. Heat a pan (a wok, ideally, but I don’t have one) and add a tablespoon of oil. Wait until the oil is really hot.
  4. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
  5. Add a teaspoon of cornfour into the beef. Mix well.
  6. Add the beef strips into the pan. Make sure they are in one layer in the pan. Fry for a minute or two, then flip the strips to cook the other side.
  7. Pour the stir-fry sauce. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add the green chilies and capsicum.
  9. Add the cooked broccoli florets.  Toss for 30 seconds.
  10. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
  11. Serve immediately on a bed of freshly-steamed or garlic rice.

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  1. I do miss your random slices of life. Thanks for the advance warning on how husbands just don’t notice what’s on your face after a while! I love homemade face masks. I started washing my face every day with just gram flour mixed with water to make a paste. Not sure if it’s making my skin better or worse tbh.

    1. Oh, you are most welcome on the warning, Humaira 🙂

      I’m not sure about this facial mask yet; I’ve only tried it for a couple of times so far. But my sister said it cleared up her random pimples 🙂

  2. Looks delicious…. I made beef chilli couple of days back n it took ages to cook the beef strips in a wok ! But the marinating idea is worth trying . Thx for the tip …

    1. You are most welcome, Joveria! You need to slice the beef into really thin strips for it to cook fast. How’s the little prince doing? Kisses to him.

  3. I’m gonna try this once I get over the meat phobia of Eid feasting 🙂 I’ve been on fishy and simple diet this whole week btw.Thank you for the recipe and it doesn’t sound difficult at all!

  4. looks really yummy! We love stir frys in our home. I normally dun marinate cuz beef is so tender and cooks really fast but the idea of flavorful beef strips sounds great!
    And yes I miss reading ur blog! my bad, my bad!

    1. Nisa, welcome back! How are you doing? I know you’ve been very busy with a thousand and one projects, so I didn’t threat you to visit or anything. I love stir-fry too! They’re so easy to make, and the vegetables remain nice and crunchy.

  5. hey, guess who’s coming to dinner? hehe, pwede ang uninvited? may plate ako dyaan? ahaha. may extra seat kaya? i promise to be good… erase that, i won’t be myself, hehe…

    parang ang sarap, ah. naman…

    natawa ako sa hirit ni masood. kaasar ang mga lambing nya, haha… 🙂

    1. Hello, San! You don’t need to be invited…just come on over. There are extra plates and lots of chairs 🙂

      Regarding Masood…I don’t spare him either (but this is my blog where I’m always the nice one).

      1. hello, nadia. o, sya, andyan ako next time na magluto ka uli, ha? magbi-behave ako, promise…

        btw, hwag mo akong isusumbong kay masood. makukumbinsi mo kaya sya minsang mag-facial mask rin? ahaha… 🙂

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