Stir-fried Beef and Vegetables in Hoisin Sauce Recipe

Not much to say here. This was simply steak and vegetables, quickly fried, and tossed through a combination of sauces. Served with steamed rice it was a tasty and quick early dinner. Another great summertime meal idea! The recipe goes something like this…


Velvet mixture

400g beef, very finely sliced against the grain
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 egg
2 heaped tablespoons cornflour
1/2 teaspoon five spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine


6 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in hot water, drained, de-stemmed and finely sliced (reserving leftover water for later)
1 carrot, sliced on the diagonal
1 onion, sliced
1 capsicum, coarsely diced
2 large sticks of celery, sliced on the diagonal
the white of 1 leek, sliced


3/4 cup of  leftover shiitake mushroom water
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce


Vegetable oil for frying


Velvet mixture

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well incorporated.
  2. Set aside until you’re ready to begin cooking.


  1. Prepare vegetables as described in the ingredients list.
  2. Place on a plate in separate piles, in order of cooking – carrots first, then mushrooms, celery and onions, then peppers and leeks.


  1. Put all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside for later.


  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok until smoking hot.
  2. Put the velvet mixture in to the wok and stir fry for about 5 minutes, or until it starts to brown and change colour.
  3. Remove velvet mixture from the wok and put on the plate. Set aside for later.
  4. Add a little more vegetable oil to the wok.
  5. Add vegetables in order of cooking. Total cooking time should be about 5 minutes over high heat. The vegetables should be cooked but retain some crispness.
  6. Return the meat to the wok.
  7. Add all the sauces and stir through.
  8. Serve with steamed white rice.



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