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Episode 107 - Another Year!
Fiery Dragon Beef
Fiery Dragon Beef
When Nik organized a surprise birthday party for a friend he planned it around a Chinese theme. Here he shares the secrets of this tasty appetizer that gives guests a little hands-on fun. Fiery Dragon Beef is served surrounded by bib lettuce and rolled into individual leaves by dexterous diners.


Ingredients  Serves six to eight
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp dry sherry
  • 1/8th tsp crushed chili peppers (optional )
  • 1 lb thinly sliced lean beef tenderloin ( remove any fat )
  • 1 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tsp plus a few drops of sesame oil
  • 3 loosely chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (also referred to as coriander) plus one whole sprig for garnish.
  • 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 heads of Boston lettuce to use medium - large sized leaves
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Method

  • Make the marinade by combining the first six ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the water chestnuts and beef and stir until they are well coated.
  • Heat a few drops of sesame oil in a Teflon skillet and add meat mixture.
  • When beef is browned, add beef stock to centre of skillet followed by cornstarch.
  • Stir frequently until meat is cooked and sauce is slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat and add green onions, chopped cilantro and sesame oil.
  • To serve: Place a smaller bowl inside a larger serving bowl or platter. Spoon beef into smaller bowl and surround with lettuce leaves in larger bowl. Garnish with cilantro sprig and sesame seeds. Make up the individual rolls by putting a dollop of the beef into a lettuce leaf, tuck in both ends and roll it up. Enjoy!