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Beef with Red Onions

Beef With Red Onions

Stir-fried beef with onions, seasoned with sesame oil, dark soy sauce and sugar.


1 pound beef, such as flank steak

1 large egg white
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch, or as needed

2 medium or small red onions
1 clove garlic
2 slices ginger
2 green onions
3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon granulated sugar, or to taste
4 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed


Cut the beef across the grain into thin strips. Add the marinade ingredients in the order listed, and marinate the beef for 15 - 20 minutes.

While beef is marinating, prepare the vegetables: peel and thinly slice the onions. Crush the garlic. Peel the ginger, if desired, or leave as is. Chop the green onion on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces.

Heat the wok. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the heated wok, swirling it around the sides. When the oil is hot, add the beef. Brown the beef for a minute, then stir-fry until it changes color and is nearly cooked through. Remove from the wok.

Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and garlic. Stir-fry for a few seconds until aromatic. Add the onions. Stir-fry until onions are softened but not overcooked.

Stir in the dark soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, and sugar. Add the beef back into the wok. Stir in the green onion. Sprinkle with a few drops of sesame oil if desired. Serve hot over rice.

Yield: 3-4 Servings

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