Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ginger Beef: Happy Year of the Rabbit!


Did you know? We actually have a rabbit... she's generally uncooperative and miserable, but cute and occasionally cuddly! In lieu of Chinese New Year today, we thought we might have "Chinese Food" for dinner. The first thing that came to both of our minds was "ginger beef". Even though ginger beef isn't technically a chinese dish, it seems to be a staple at every western chinese restaurant around here. And by "around here", I mean the western hemisphere it seems. 

I know that there are some chinese restaurants in Calgary are willing to make your meal gluten free including Peking Garden (and PF Changs in the US) but I haven't tried any of them. Much like fish & chips or granola, if I want it I have to make it myself!

The only suggestions I can make for this already awesome recipe is to grate the ginger rather than mincing it (b/c it's easier- leave the stringy bits out though) so that you don't bite into a chunk of ginger. I don't mind biting into a chunk of garlic under just about any circumstances, but ginger...? Also, prep EVERYTHING before you start frying. 

Thank me later. 

This is how to peel fresh garlic. Many people scrape off far more ginger than they really need to. Using a spoon, one can easily scrape off just the skin without wasting the meat of the root.

3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
1 carrot, julienned
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh ginger, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
coconut oil for frying
3 tbsp gf soy sauce or tamari
4 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup sucanat 
3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Place cornstarch in a medium bowl.
Add water gradually while whisking.
Beat eggs into cornstarch mixture.
Toss in beef & stir to coat.


Pour 1" of oil into a wok, heat and add a few strips of beef.
Separate pieces, stirring frequently until browned.
Remove, drain on paper towel & set aside.
Repeat until all beef is cooked.

Drain oil, reserving 1 tbsp in wok.
Add carrots, onion, ginger & garlic in that order
stir frying briefly between ingredient additions.
Combine last 5 ingredients and pour into wok.
Bring to a boil, then add beef.
Heat through & serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, that looks really good! And your bunny...way too cute!