Easy Stir Fry Recipes: Pepper Beef With Bok Choy Recipe

Updated on January 27, 2018
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The pepper beef with bok choy recipe dish is one of my favourite easy stir-fry recipes. This stir-fry beef recipe is so simple yet so delicious and easy to do. Surprisingly, the simple seasonings—salt, pepper and soya—in this dish really bring out the flavour of beef. This recipe is also often called Mongolian Beef.

Bok choy is Chinese white cabbage, which is sold both as a mature vegetable and young "baby" ones, which I prefer. Crunchy in texture and slightly bitter in taste, it has a thick white stem bordered by dark green leaves. If bok choy is not available, substitute Napa cabbage, Savoy cabbage or young kale.

Many Chinese stir-fry recipes are cooked quickly, so ingredients need to be prepared in advance. I recommend having all the ingredients for a recipe chopped or sliced before you begin to cook.

Prep time: 15 mins

Total time: 25 mins

Servings per recipe: 4

Calories per serving: 440

Beef Marinade

  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lb sirloin beef, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 4 tbsp water
  • 3 cups chopped bok choy
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large glass or ceramic bowl, combine white wine and beef; stir to coat. Add cornstarch, salt and pepper; mix well. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, remove meat from the marinade. Set liquid aside.
  3. In a nonstick wok or skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over high heat for 45 seconds. Add beef; stir-fry until it begins to brown and no red is visible, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to warm plate. Set aside.
  4. Return pan to high heat. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add onion and garlic; stir fry until onion begins to soften. Add beef stock and soya sauce; bring to a boil, stirring to thicken. Add bok choy and stir until then just begin to wilt. Return beef to pan and stir to heat through, about 2 mins.
  5. Transfer to a warm platter and serve immediately (with steamed rice).

Serves 4

May be served on top of cooked white rice. White rice will add calories to your meal.

Calories in cooked white rice:

  • 1 cup short-grain white rice - approx 267 calories
  • 1 cup medium-grain white rice - approx 242 calories
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice - approx 205 calories in 1 cup.

Now let me give you some tips and explain some terms in Chinese cooking:

How to slice meat

Meat is often sliced across the grain. In addition to ensuring that it takes little time to cook, this also maximizes tenderness.

How to mince

When herbs or seasonings are described as minced, in this case the recipe calls for minced garlic, this usually means that the item is cut into thin slices then chopped until a coarse meal is obtained. This ensures that the ingredient releases its flavours faster during cooking.

Dark soya sauce

This recipe calls for dark soya sauce. There are so many brands of soya sauce so I suggest you experiment with soya sauces to find a brand that suits your taste. Soya sauce keeps indefinitely, even when stored at room temperature. Now, there are three kinds of of soya sauce:

  • Light soya sauce is the least aged and the one most often used in cooking. So whenever a recipe calls for soya sauce, this is the one to use.
  • Dark soya sauce, slightly thicker and longer-aged than the lighter version, is preferred for dipping and braising.
  • Sweet soya sauce is made from fermenting soybean and sugar cane. This is more difficult to find so if a recipe calls for sweet soya sauce, I will include a recipe for substitute.

Bok Choy

Bok choy is Chinese white cabbage, which is sold both as a mature vegetable and young "baby" ones, which I prefer. Crunchy in texture and slightly bitter in taste, it has a thick white stem bordered by dark green leaves. If bok choy is not available, substitute Napa cabbage, Savoy cabbage or young kale.

Sui Choy

Sui choy is Chinese green cabbage, which is often called Napa cabbage in North America. The mildly flavored leaves, which when barely wilted, are excellent in soups or lightly stir-fried. Finely sliced green or Savoy cabbage make good substitutes.

Cooked Rice (Optional)

Most Chinese food are eaten with rice but rice adds calorie to your meal. If you are watching calories, do not include rice.

Enjoy!

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        Alyssa 

        6 years ago

        Hi, I have a couple questions about this recipe: Once the marinade liquid is set aside, does it get put into the sauce? Also, when is the cornstarch added to the beef stock and soya? Looking forward to trying this out!

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        Eiddwen 

        7 years ago from Wales

        Mmmmm Delicious Rosie and well done

        Take care

        Eiddwen

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        Beebie Lee 

        7 years ago from London, Ontario, Canada

        thanks Rosie. Try it, if you like Chinese food, you'll like this one.

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        Rosie Rose 

        7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        Hiya beebs, omg this looks sooo delicious! thanks for sharing and the tips.

        Have a nice day,

        Rosie

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