Beef with Cumin (Zi Ran Niu Rou)
Once again I must recommend all of you to buy one of Mrs Fuchsia Dunlop’s books, this particular recipe is from her book Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook – Recipes from Hunan Province. I think her books are great, the recipes turn out great and I love her passion for Chinese food.
This is a beef dish, use some sort of trimmed beef steak such as sirloin steak. Cut the beef across into thin slices.
Make a marinade using Chinese cooking wine, salt, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, corn starch and water. Add the marinade ingredients to the meat and mix well.
Heat a generous amount of cooking oil in a pan until it turns very hot, add the beef and stir gently until the pieces separate. Remove from the oil and drain well; set aside.
For the next step you need the following ingredients:
Ginger, garlic, dried chili flakes and ground cumin.
Spring onions and chili.
Heat some oil in a pan, add the garlic, ginger, chiles and cumin to the oil and let fry until very fragrant.
Return the beef to the pan and stir well.
Finally, add the spring onions and you are ready to serve! This was really a great dish, wonderful flavours!