Chinese Beef Recipes

Welcome to our culinary journey where East meets West in a delightful fusion of flavours and traditions. Today, we are exploring the unique and tantalising possibilities of using our premium Scotch Beef in a variety of wonderful Chinese beef recipes.

In this blog, we will explore how Scotch Beef can be used to recreate classic Chinese dishes, giving them a unique twist. Whether it's a spicy Szechuan beef, a comforting beef stir-fry, or a savoury beef chow mein, these recipes will showcase the versatility and excellence of Scotch Beef.

The Appeal of Chinese Cuisine

Who doesn't love a good Chinese takeaway? The tradition of Chinese food goes back millennia and has captivated palates globally, making it one of the most popular and influential cuisines worldwide. The appeal of Chinese food lies in its vast regional variations - from the fiery heat of Sichuan and Hunan dishes to the more subtle and fresh flavours of Cantonese cooking. Each region offers a unique foodie experience.

Balance and Harmony

At the heart of Chinese cuisine is the philosophy of balance and harmony. Simple ingredients are chosen and prepared to create a balanced interplay of flavours, textures and colours. This approach not only ensures a delightful sensory experience but also aligns with traditional beliefs about food's role in our health and well-being.

Key Chinese Cooking Techniques and Flavours

  • Stir-Frying: Perhaps the most well-known Chinese cooking technique, stir-frying involves cooking ingredients quickly in a small amount of very hot oil, usually in a wok. This method retains the crispness and nutritional value of vegetables while infusing them with the flavours of the aromatics and sauces used in the dish. This ranges from salty light soy sauce, sweet oyster sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil or your favourite stir fry sauce.
  • Steaming: This is a popular method that highlights the natural flavours and textures of ingredients. Steaming is used for a range of dishes, from delicate fish and seafood to the famous dim sum, a variety of small, steamed bites that are a staple in Cantonese cuisine.
  • Braising and Stewing: These slow-cooking methods are essential for dishes that require tenderising tougher cuts of meat or for developing deep, complex flavours in sauces.
  • Roasting and Barbecuing: Techniques that impart a smoky flavour to meats, like the world-renowned Peking duck, known for its crispy skin and succulent meat.
  • Flavours: The flavours of Chinese cuisine are as varied as its techniques. Key ingredients include soy sauce and fish sauce, for its salty umami kick; oyster sauce, which adds a sweet and savoury depth; rice wine and rice vinegar, for acidity and balance; and a variety of spices and aromatics like garlic, ginger, green onions, sesame seeds and star anise.
From simple stir fries to steamed dumplings and egg fried rice dishes, Chinese cooking is quick, easy and nutritious.

Chinese food's popularity extends beyond its diverse flavours and techniques; it is also remarkably adaptable, seamlessly incorporating simple local ingredients. This makes Chinese cuisine an ideal partner for Scotch Beef, offering an opportunity to infuse traditional Chinese dishes with a distinctively Scottish flair.

Selecting the Right Cut of Beef

The success of any beef dish hinges significantly on selecting the appropriate cut of beef. Different cuts have distinct textures and flavours, and choosing the right one can elevate a dish from good to exceptional.

In Chinese cooking, the beef is often required to be tender and succulent, and able to absorb the flavours of the rich sauces and spices used. Therefore, it is crucial to understand which cuts of beef best suit your recipe requirements.

Best Cuts for Chinese Beef Recipes:

  • Sirloin: A versatile cut that is both flavourful and tender. Sirloin steak is ideal for quick-cooking methods like stir-frying where tender beef is required. Thinly sliced sirloin can absorb marinades well and cooks up beautifully in dishes like beef and broccoli or spicy Szechuan beef.
  • Ribeye: Known for its marbling and rich flavour, ribeye is another excellent choice for stir-fries. The fat marbling ensures the beef remains moist and flavourful even with high-heat cooking.
  • Fillet: If you are looking for supreme tenderness, the fillet is your go-to cut. It is the leanest and most tender part of the beef, making it perfect for delicate dishes where the beef needs to melt in the mouth, such as in a sophisticated Shanghai-style beef.
  • Flank: A tender flank steak is leaner and has a strong beefy flavour, making it great for marinating. It works wonderfully in dishes where it is sliced thin and cooked quickly, such as in a beef stir-fry with bell peppers or a classic Mongolian beef recipe.
  • Skirt Steak (Onglet): Similar to flank but with more marbling. Skirt steak is ideal for recipes that require absorbing bold flavours, like in a marinated, stir-fried beef dish.
Leaner cuts of beef used in Chinese cooking are lower in saturated fat and full of vitamins and minerals.

Choosing the right cut of beef for your Chinese dish is important as it will ensure a delicious and authentic result, therefore it is worth spending a bit of time learning about the different cuts of meat and their merits.

The Versatility of Chinese Beef Recipes

Beef lends itself beautifully to a wide range of Chinese beef recipes that are quick and easy to prepare even for novice cooks. Here is a quick list showcasing this diversity:

  • Stir-Fried Beef with Vegetables: A classic dish where thinly sliced beef is quickly stir-fried with a mix of vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and snow peas, often in a soy or oyster sauce.
  • Beef and Broccoli: A popular Chinese dish combining tender beef with broccoli in a rich, garlicky sauce.
  • Szechuan Beef: Spicy and bold, featuring thinly sliced beef stir-fried with Szechuan peppercorns, chillies, and colourful vegetables.
  • Mongolian Beef: Sweet and savoury, with tender strips of beef caramelised in a brown sugar and soy sauce glaze, often served with green onions.
  • Beef Chow Mein: A noodle dish with stir-fried beef and vegetables, tossed in a savoury sauce.
  • Beef Hot Pot: A showstopper sharing eating experience where thinly sliced beef is cooked at the table in a flavourful broth, accompanied by a variety of dipping sauces.
  • Chinese Beef Stew: A heartier option featuring beef slow-cooked with star anise, cinnamon, and soy sauce, creating a richly flavoured and aromatic broth.
  • Beef Dumplings: Ground beef mixed with aromatics like ginger and green onions, wrapped in dough, and then steamed or fried.
  • Beef with Black Bean Sauce: Beef stir-fried with a pungent and savoury fermented black bean sauce, often with bell peppers and onions.
  • Orange Beef: Crispy beef slices in a sweet, tangy orange sauce, a twist on the popular orange chicken.
  • Beef and Egg Fried Rice: A simple yet satisfying dish combining beef, eggs, rice, vegetables and sauce ingredients, all stir-fried together.
  • Kung Pao Beef: A spicy stir-fry with beef, peanuts, and vegetables in a spicy Szechuan sauce.
  • Beef Lo Mein: Soft noodles tossed with beef and vegetables in soy and sesame sauce.
  • Chinese Beef Skewers: Marinated beef on skewers, often flavoured with cumin and other spices.
  • Beef in Oyster Sauce: A dish showcasing a luxurious oyster sauce, with its unique flavour enhancing the beef and vegetables.
Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, chicken stock, corn starch and chilli paste for a sticky marinade.

These recipes are only a small selection but they demonstrate the vast range of simple ingredients, flavours and techniques in Chinese cooking, making beef a versatile star ingredient in this popular cuisine.

Popular Chinese Side Dishes

Enhancing the experience of your Chinese dishes involves pairing them with the right sides. The ideal accompaniments add variety and an authentic balance to your meal.

Here are some popular side dishes to complete your Chinese beef recipes:

  • Steamed Jasmine Rice: A staple in Chinese cuisine, the subtle fragrance and light flavour of hot steamed rice make it an ideal base for beef dishes with rich sauces. Simply rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then cook in a rice cooker or on the stovetop with a 1:1 ratio of water to rice.
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables: Mix vegetables like bok choy, carrots, and bell peppers, and stir-fried quickly with garlic, soy sauce, and a hint of sesame oil. This dish adds a crunchy, nutritious element to complement the tenderness of the beef.
  • Egg Fried Rice: A flavourful side made by stir-frying cooked rice with eggs, peas, spring onions, and light seasonings like soy sauce and white pepper. It's a filling and versatile side that pairs well with any beef dish.
  • Chinese Garlic Green Beans: Green beans stir-fried with garlic, chilli flakes, and a splash of soy sauce offer a spicy and garlicky addition to the meal. Blanch the beans first for a tender crisp texture.
  • Cold Sesame Noodles: Noodles tossed in a rich sauce made from sesame paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a touch of sugar, garnished with cucumber and sesame seeds. A refreshing and slightly tangy dish that balances the richness of beef.
  • Chinese Cucumber Salad: Thinly sliced cucumbers dressed in a dressing made from rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and a touch of sugar. The cool, crisp texture and refreshing taste provide a great contrast to savoury beef dishes.
  • Dim Sum Selections: Small bite-sized treats like shrimp dumplings (har gow), pork buns (char siu bao), or vegetable spring rolls. These offer a variety of flavours and textures to enjoy alongside the main dish.
  • Hot and Sour Soup: A tangy and spicy soup with ingredients like oyster mushrooms, tofu, and bamboo shoots, seasoned with rice vinegar and white pepper. This soup can stimulate the appetite and add a different flavour profile to the meal.
Plain rice and dumplings are two traditional side dishes.

Pairing these side dishes with Scotch Beef cooked in Chinese style creates a well-rounded, satisfying meal, showcasing a harmony of flavours and textures. Whether you prefer the simplicity of steamed rice or some of the bolder flavours, these sides are sure to enhance your dining experience.

Cooking Tips for Chinese Beef Recipes

Creating authentic and delicious Chinese dishes with Scotch Beef involves mastering a few key techniques, especially when it comes to marinating and cooking the beef.

Here are some essential tips to help you bring out the best in your Chinese beef dishes:

➡️ Marinating Beef:

  • Thinly Slice the Beef: For most Chinese dishes, thinly slicing the beef allows it to absorb the marinade more effectively and cook quickly.
  • Use Tenderising Ingredients: Ingredients like soy sauce, rice wine, and cornstarch not only add flavour but also help to tenderise the beef. Cornstarch, in particular, gives the beef a silky texture and helps thicken the sauce during cooking.
  • Balanced Flavours: A good marinade typically has elements of sweetness, saltiness, and umami. Ingredients like oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and sesame oil are typical and can add depth and richness to your marinade.
  • Velveting: A Chinese technique involving marinating meats like beef or chicken in baking soda or a blend of egg whites, cornstarch, and oil. This process tenderises and softens the fibres, reducing toughness and enhancing juiciness for optimal flavour and tenderness in more economical cuts.
  • Marinating Time: For thin slices of beef, 30 minutes to an hour is usually sufficient. If you are using thicker cuts of meat, marinating for a few hours or even overnight can enhance the flavours.

➡️ Cooking the Beef:

  • High Heat: Chinese stir-frying is done at high heat in smoking hot vegetable oil. This cooks the beef quickly, sealing in juices and flavour. Ensure your wok or pan is hot before adding the beef.
  • Cook in Batches: To avoid overcrowding the pan and lowering the temperature, cook the beef in batches. This ensures each piece is evenly cooked and caramelised.
  • Resting the Meat: After cooking, let the beef rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps in retaining the juices, making the beef more tender and flavourful.

➡️ Authentic Chinese Ingredients:

  • Soy Sauce: A staple in Chinese cooking, soy sauce adds saltiness and umami. Light soy sauce is great for marinades and stir-fries, while dark soy sauce is used for colour and a deeper flavour. You can also substitute with low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Oyster Sauce: Thick, sweet, and savoury, oyster sauce is ideal for beef dishes, adding a layer of sweet richness.
  • Rice Wine: Shaoxing wine is commonly used in Chinese cooking for marinating and cooking, adding a subtle depth of flavour.
  • Fish sauce: A staple in many Southeast Asian cuisines, is a savoury, umami-rich condiment made from fermented fish and salt, lending a distinctive depth and flavour to a wide array of Chinese dishes.
  • Sesame Oil: Used as a finishing oil, it adds a nutty aroma to dishes.
  • Spices and Aromatics: Fresh ginger, garlic, green onions, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns are essential for authentic flavours.

➡️ Where to Find Ingredients:

  • Chinese or Asian grocery stores are the best places to find authentic ingredients.
  • Online speciality stores often have a wide range of Asian cooking ingredients.
  • Many supermarkets now have an international aisle where you can find basic Chinese cooking ingredients.
Stir frying is the most popular method of Chinese cooking.

By following these quick and easy tips, and by using authentic ingredients, you can create delicious Chinese beef dishes in the comfort of your home.

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