Panda Express has a delicious Mongolian Beef recipe that I absolutely love, so I decided to try and make a copycat version at home. This recipe offers a home-cooked meal with all the flavor of my take-out favorite.
Asian Beef Recipe
1 lb top sirloin, sliced into thin strips
6 Tbsp cornstarch
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp water
4 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp crushed red chiles
2 tsp cornstarch
Mix the ingredients for the marinade and marinate the steak strips in a bag or covered bowl at room temperature for 20 minutes (or in the refrigerator overnight).
While beef is marinating, combine sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Heat oil in a wok or large pain, coat beef in cornstarch and fry beef until lightly brown.
Add bell peppers to beef and stir-fry for two more minutes.
Add sauce and stir fry for another minute. Serve hot.
I love coming up with homemade versions of restaurant dishes. It's a nice change from the norm and a good way to treat yourself without spending a fortune. I think a really fun potluck cook-off idea would be to have a group of people make copycat recipes and have judges taste-test them against the real thing and award prizes for whoever comes closest.