Stir-Fried Cumin Beef for Two
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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
With roots in Hunan cuisine, cumin beef typically features tender pieces of meat stir-fried with onions and/or peppers and aromatics (garlic and ginger), lightly glossed in a soy sauce–based glaze, seasoned with spices (cumin, Sichuan peppe... Read More
GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
We developed this recipe for a 14-inch wok, but a 12-inch nonstick skillet can be used instead. You can substitute 1½ teaspoons of ground cumin for the cumin seeds. If you can't find Sichuan chili powder, Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru) are a good substitute. Another alternative is ¾ teaspoon of ancho chile powder plus ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. There is no substitute for Sichuan peppercorns. We like this stir-fry with steamed white rice and stir-fried baby bok choy.
Combine water and baking soda in medium bowl. Add beef and toss to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
While beef rests, combine garlic and ginger in small bowl. Combine cumin, chili powder, peppercorns, and ⅛ teaspoon salt in second small bowl. Add Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, molasses, cornstarch, and remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt to beef mixture. Toss until well combined.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add beef mixture and increase heat to high. Using tongs, toss beef slowly but constantly until exuded juices have evaporated and meat begins to sizzle, 2 to 6 minutes. Transfer to clean bowl.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in now-empty wok over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic mixture (oil will splatter) and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add onion and cook, tossing slowly but constantly with tongs, until onion begins to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Return beef to wok and toss to combine. Sprinkle cumin mixture over beef and toss until onion takes on pale orange color. Transfer to serving platter, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve immediately.