January 7, 2009

For Here Or To Go

Remember all the cheap food you could get in college? We ate Five Star Pizza not for the taste (the cardboard box had almost as much flavor), but because you could get a large pie for $3.99. Then there was Burrito Brothers, CJ's oysters and quarter beer night (what was i thinking eating cheap oysters), and yes, there was even a chinese takeout place called Chinee Takee Outee. And of course if you were really desperate you could eat the Hare Krishna food on the plaza but you could wake up with a shaved head/ponytail type 'do if you didn't watch your back. Annywayyyy... I realize now, that had I had any idea how to cook back then, I could have eaten a lot better and saved even more money (to spend on beer). I could have been enjoying inexpensive and great tasting dishes like this Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry. Flank steak (or chicken or tofu), whatever vegetables you have on hand, and a decently stocked pantry and you are on your way to a easy, healthy, delicious meal thats always "for here."

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
For marinade:
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup sherry or mirin
1 tbsp honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
4 tsp cornstarch
1/2 to 1lb flank steak, sliced into strips
For Sauce:
6 tbsp chicken broth
2tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar

1 head brocolli, chopped into bit size florets
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into half moons
1 container shitake mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, sliced
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup chicken broth

Combine above ingredients and mix well. Add flank steak and toss well to coat. Marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok or large frying pan. Stir fry steak until thoroughly browned and transfer to plate. Heat another 2 tbsp oil and cook all vegetables for 2 - 4 minutes until they are tender/crisp. Add 1 cup of broth, cover and simmer 2 - 3 minutes.
Stir together sauce ingredients, making sure the cornstarch in completely dissolved. Return steak to wok with vegetables and add sauce. Stir together and simmer together until cooked through. Serve over rice.