Sometimes I crave Chinese food. Not legitimate Chinese food, but the Americanized, Panda Express-esque version. "Blasphemy!" you might say. I say it's perfectly alright to appreciate bastardized Chinese food.
However, when Panda Express is less okay than usual, I turn to my own wok and stove for my version of Broccoli Beef. It could not be easier to prepare and making it yourself means you can really control the quality of ingredients. I love cooking the broccoli just enough so it's still slightly crunchy and marinating the beef first to get more flavor penetration. I'll be honest now and admit I don't actually own a wok, but really, any kind of skillet will work.
marinade/sauce3 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp mirin
1 broccoli crown
First, put together the marinade. Feel free to adjust the ratios in the marinade to your own tastes--more mirin and honey to make it sweet or more sriracha to make it spicier.
Place the beef in the marinade and for about 15 mins. It does not need to be marinated for very long if your cut of beef is thinly sliced.
Break the broccoli crown down into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
Heat vegetable oil and garlic in a skillet. Do not brown the garlic too much or it will end up being a little bitter. Add the marinated beef and cook until just cooked through. Reserve the residual marinade.
Take the beef out and add the broccoli pieces to the pan. At this point, add the rest of the marinade to the broccoli and cook until desired doneness.
Add the beef back into the skillet and combine.
Serve with a steaming bowl of rice and be glad you're not eating Panda Express!