Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mongolian Beef

This is another Chinese American classic dish here in United State. I am not sure how the name of this dish come about as neither the ingredients nor preparation methods applied have anything in common with traditional Mongolian Cuisine. Mongolian beef consists of sliced beef coated with dark sweet sauce. The best part of this dish is you can tailor it to to suit your taste and you can even add some vegetables to it. I cut back on the sugar as I always find the one serve at the restaurant too sweet for my liking.


½ pound of beef tenderloin or flank steak
1 medium size onions - quartered
2 stalk of green onions – cut into 1” length
1 small carrot – peels and thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
1 tsp of chopped ginger
2 tbsp of soy sauce
Dash of pepper
Some cornstarch – for coating


1 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 tbsp of sweet dark soy sauce (kicap manis)
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of brown sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp sesame oil
½ cup water

1. Sliced beef across the grain into thin strips. Marinate it with 2 tbsp of soy sauce and dash of pepper for 30 minutes. Mix the sauce ingredients together and set it aside.
2. Heat up wok or non-stick pan add in about ½ cup of oil. Coat the beef with some cornstarch. When the oil is hot and ready add in the beef and fry until it changes color. This will take about 1-2 minutes. Remove the beef and drain on paper towel.
3. Remove the oil and leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same wok for stir-frying. Add in the garlic and ginger. Stir-fry until fragrant and add in the onion and carrot. Stir-fry for a minute.
4. Add in the sauce and bring it up to a boil. Add in the beef and continue to stir until sauce reduce and thickens. Check seasonings and add in the spring onions.
5. Dish out and serve with warm rice.


Angie's Recipes said...

Never had Mongolian beef before...it looks just the one I like...thanks for sharing the recipe.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious Gert!

vanillasugarblog said...

this and shrimp toast are my all time favorites. I agree, some places make it too sweet.

Cat Cat said...

I also find chinese take-out food are a little too sweet to my liking... I usually get fried wonton...

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

this look really delicious, the other day I also tried Mangolian pork ribs (recipe a bit diff).i will try to cook this soon, I guess one bowl of rice sure not enough !!

tigerfish said...

I had this in one cafe here in California and did not like the dish. It was so greasy. I think your homemade version is much better. Wish I had tried the homemade version.

B & D said...

Mongolian beef is always something i order when i go out for chinese..its super delicious but never tried makin it... :)

Cheah said...

This looks delicious, think my children will like it.

motherrimmy said...

Beef recipes seem to be all the rage right now. I think we are all tired of turkey. This recipe sounds delish. I've saved it for the future.

ICook4Fun said...

Angie, you are welcome.

LCOM, yes it is :)

Dawn, yes that is why when I cook this type of dishes I cut down on the sugar.

Cat, yea they used too much sugar in all the dishes.

Sonia, mmm mongolian ribs sound good too :)

Tigerfish, maybe you can cook this dish yourself :)

B & D, it is pretty easy to make this. Hope you try it out :)

Cheah, if they like beef I am sure they will like this.

Mother Rimmy, I think so too. People are just tired of turkey and ham LOL.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

You are really a fantastic cook! Taking this chance to wish you and your beautiful family a wonderful 2010! May the new year bring much happiness and cheer to all of you!


Jenn said...

I just made this tonight and it was both easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Noob Cook said...

The sauce sounds really delicious esp with the beef slices. Happy 2010! :)

Zurin said...

you come up with such incredible dishes!! mmm oh YUMM

happy new year to u n urs! may it bring you more joy n good health.


Dori said...

That looks perfect and so tempting! I can almost taste it!

pigpigscorner said...

Love simple stir fries..so good with rice! Happy new year!

anna said...

I wondering if beside beef, can I use chicken instead? I know it defeats the title of Mongolian Beef, but I don't like beef at the moment. D:

ICook4Fun said...

Ju, Happy New Year to you too!

Jenn, you are welcome.

Noobcook, Happy New Year to you too.

Zurin, Happy New Year to you too!

Meeso, thank you.

Pigpig, yea this dish is really good with rice :)

Anna. yea you can use chicken for this but the taste will not be the same.