Chinese Curried Beef

Chinese food is definitely one of my favourites; I was raised on it.  My grandmother is Malaysian-Chinese, and so I have many precious memories of visiting her and being in awe of the copious dishes she'd whip up in her wok.  For a long time I've flicked through this Chinese cookbook we have.  But, I didn't dable because I was worried my dish wouldn't taste authentic or nearly as good as my Grandma's.  However, I was wrong!  This dish is now a permanete member of our weekday cooking.  Absolutely delicious! A cross between a curry and satay.  Serves 4-5 hungry people

sesame oil
1200g beef, sliced into thin strips
3 large carrots, sliced diagonally, and steamed in microwave for 3-4 minutes
2 large zucchinis, sliced diagonally, steamed in microwave for 2-3 minutes
4 small potatoes, cubed and steamed in microwave for 4-5 minutes
2 onions, halved and sliced
4 tsp curry powder
3 tsp curry powder, extra
6 tbsp satay sauce
3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, or plain chilli sauce for extra zing + sprinkle of sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup water
2 large chicken stock cubes, crumbled [ensure good quality eg. not too salty]
9 tsp cornflour
3 tbsp dry sherry
+ steamed jasmine rice, to serve

Heat pan with sesame oil.  Cook beef strips.  Remove from pan.  In same pan, increase heat, and add potatoes so they immediately brown.  Continue to cook potatoes, on lower heat, until tender but still crisp, eg. 5 minutes.  You may need to add more oil to your pan, or alternatively, add some water and place the lid on.  Once tender, add onions, zucchinis and carrots, and 4 tsp of curry powder; stir and cook for further 4-5 minutes or until onions and other vegetables are tender. Again, you may need more oil, or alternatively, add some water and place lid on. Meanwhile, stir together the satay sauce, chilli sauce, soy sauce, water, crumbled stock cube, cornflour and sherry; set aside.  Now return cooked beef back to pan.  Add extra 3 tsp of curry powder; toss evenly.  Pour already combined sauces over beef and vegetables.  Toss until sauce boils and thickens.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for further 1-2 minutes.  Serve.


  1. Yum! This sounds like comfort food at its finest- I'd love this for supper on a cold winter evening. :)

  2. This is a surprise, that your grandmother is a Malaysian-Chinese! Which part of Malaysia your grandmother is from? This is a delicious looking dish, yes, perfect with your bowl of plain white rice! Happy New Year!

  3. What a comforting dish! My mum makes something that looks a little similar... yum.

  4. Glad it turned out well, it sounds great!

  5. Very interesting dish, addition of satay sauce and chili sauce really makes it more tasty. May a New Year brings joy and happiness to you and family..

  6. Brittany, this sounds wonderful. It is always so nice to be able to make a dish your own and know you cook it well. I am appluading from a distance. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Very nice dish! Full of good ingredients, and very tasteful!

  8. Oh, this just made my mouth water! What a tasty sounding recipe... Have a happy New Year!


  9. Splendida ricetta Cara!!!;-)
    Happy New Year..:-)
    Tanti baci:-***


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