Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cooking With Kylie: Mongolian Beef

So, at the local overpriced grocery store the other day, this coyote came upon a screaming deal: 1.5kg local, organic, lean ground beef for $7.50. It was my lucky day! I picked up and brought it home, packaging it up and freezing it. I had a half pound portion, and decided to make this recipe by Kylie Kwong that I'd bookmarked when I got my copy of Simple Chinese Cooking.

I present to you Mongolian Beef!

I made a half recipe, and instead of using cabbage I bought a package of coleslaw mix, which is one of my stir-frying allies. I love it!

Now, the cookbook recipe calls for shao hsing wine and I notice that the recipe on the web site has changed it to rice wine. I had neither. When I got the cookbook, I looked everywhere I could in this one horse district for shao hsing wine but to no avail. The cookbook says you can substitute the wine for dry sherry, but I am too cheap to do that, so I bought a bottle of cooking sherry from the local inexpensive but butt-ugly big box grocery store. I have no idea how the flavours compare, but we do what we can, right?

The verdict: great recipe! Simple, as you might expect. I didn't do the step of combining the cabbage with the salt because I was lazy, and perhaps I'd have had a more complexly flavoured dish, but still, I wasn't disappointed. Thank you, Kylie!


girlichef said...

Yum, this sounds delicious. I could go for a good plateful...the mixture in the pan looks sooooo appetizing and makes me wish I was over the stove right now :D

A Year on the Grill said...

Looks good...Finally, a deal at the store for you. And a nice pay off

Cathy said...

Yum! I also use coleslaw mix when I do stirfries :) I'm going to give this a try next week.

monicajane said...

looks very yummy...and since I have lots of grass fed ground beef in the fridge I'll probably be copying you again shortly! I have a cabbage in the fridge too. Perhaps tonight! I need to take some of the beef out now.

I don't have the sherry...though I think Paul may go shopping later..hmmmm

your cooking sherry must have been okay, but I can tell you I bought cheapo sherry once and it was so vile I didn't put it in the food.

I won't do that again.

Palidor said...

That looks great! I never thought of using coleslaw mix in stir-fry. And great deal on organic beef!

Pierce said...

Oh I know what you mean about the sherry....I cheap out on the cooking sherry now and again.

This looks good and something I'd most likely make I could have it for lunch too.

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

Good deal on the beef! This looks delicious! I have Chinese food cravings now.

Helene said...

Sounds so good. My son would enjoy your dish.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love Kylie's shows, but haven't tried any of her dishes yet. This one sounds yummy. I will have to get one of her books one day.
Hopefully they put her back on this season. I haven't seen her on FN recently.

Elra said...

Family favorite Chinese food. Delicious!

adventureswiththewoods said...

Look delicious! I love prepackaged coleslaw mix, too. Sure beats cutting it all up!


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