Flavored with kecap manis, this sweet salty beef and vegetables stir fry uses sukiyaki-cut beef that are so thinly sliced that the dish cooks in 15 minutes flat, including preparation time.
Kecap Manis is a thick and syrupy sweet soy sauce that comes from Indonesia. Sweetened with palm sugar and flavored with star anise and other Oriental spices, its flavor is more complex than ordinary soy sauce. It’s great as a dipping sauce but works equally well as a marinade. You can buy it in most supermarkets or you can make your own.
Throw in some vegetables and you have a delicious sweet salty beef and vegetables stir fry.
A tip before making this beef and vegetables stir fry: if you’re not using a non-stick pan, to prevent the beef from sticking to the pan, heat the pan before adding the oil then wait until fine wisps of smoke start to float before throwing in the beef and vegetables.
- 100 grams of sukiyaki-cut beef (half of what you see in the photo above)
- 2 tablespoons kecap manis
- 1 small carrot
- 50 grams French beans
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small onion
- 2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- Cut the beef into strips about half an inch wide. Place the beef in a bowl, add the kecap manis and mix until all the beef strips are coated with the sweet soy sauce.
- Peel and julienne the carrot (see how to julienne).
- Next, trim the French beans and cut into halves.
- Crush, peel and mince the garlic.
- Peel and finely slice the onion.
- Heat two to three tablespoonfuls of vegetable cooking oil in a frying pan.
- Add the beef and vegetables to the hot oil all at once. Sprinkle with salt and lots of freshly-ground pepper. Stir-fry over high heat for two to three minutes or just until the beef changes color.
- Serve at once or pack in a lunch box.
My older daughter Sam skipped school today because of a stomach ache. Duh, scary especially since, while cooking, the TV was on and there seems to be a diarrhea epidemic of sorts which usually comes with the rainy season. Anyway, what you see on the plate should have gone into Sam’s lunch box. That’s what she’ll have for lunch today.