Trey Yuen’s Steak Kew

This is a classic Cantonese beef dish, and like most such it involves the use of very rapid cooking in a hot wok–the curved skillet used by Chinese cooks for rapid cooking. You and I don’t have the kind of gas pressure they have in places like Trey Yuen (from which the recipe comes), so a flat-bottom skillet with curved sides is the thing to use. You wouldn’t believe the smoke they kick up with this at the restaurant. Like most Chinese recipes, this one is cooked very quickly, one order at a time. The quantities are per person.

Steak kew, new style.

Steak kew, new style.

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 12-ounce ribeye steak, with all exterior fat trimmed away
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. finely minced ginger
  • 12 snow pea pods
  • 1/2 carrot, cut into coins
  • 1 cup bok choy, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 2 Tbs. dry sherry
  • 2 Tbs. oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cornstarch

1. Pour the vegetable oil into the wok or pan and heat as hot as possible. While oil is heating, chop steak into bite-size pieces. When oil is hot, carefully put beef into wok and stir-fry until exterior is seared–which should take less than 30 seconds. Remove the beef and keep warm.

2. Carefully spoon out hot oil and either reserve for further preparations or throw it away.

3. Put half the soy sauce, the garlic, and ginger into the wok and add all the vegetables. Sprinkle with sherry and stir quickly. Cover to allow vegetables to steam for one minute.

4. Remove cover, stir vegetables, and return beef to wok.

5. In a separate bowl, blend remaining soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, pepper, and cornstarch and pour over contents of wok. Stir fry for 15 seconds over high heat. Serve immediately.

Serves one.

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