Xiyan’s Beef & Broccoli

Xiyan served this to us recently at her house and we were so wowed by it that we just had to steal the recipe from her. Of course, she wanted our recipe for the Butter Cake we’d brought for dessert, so it was a fair trade.

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 lb. beef sirloin sliced into thin strips
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 two-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 medium/large onion sliced into thin strips
2 red Thai chilis
1 lb. broccoli, chopped into florets
2 Tbsp. Sambal Oelek
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/8 tsp. hot Chinese chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/3 cup water

1. Steam broccoli for five minutes. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in pan or wok to high heat. Add beef and cornstarch and sear beef; remove from pan and set aside.
3. Turn heat down to med. high and add garlic, green onions, ginger, onions, and chilis and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add more oil if needed. While vegetables are cooking, add chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well.
4. Add beef back in with Sambal Oelek, soy sauce, and water. Cook everything together 1-2 minutes until thick sauce forms. Add broccoli, stir to distribute, and serve over rice.

9 thoughts on “Xiyan’s Beef & Broccoli”

  1. stefan

    you talking about Xiyan Wagener ?

    1. cliff1976

      Tatsächlich! Servus, Stefan!

  2. xiyan

    Hi, Cliff.
    Ar you still in Regensburg?

    1. Sarah

      Hi Xiyan & Stefan!

      Yes, we still live in Regensburg, but we’re currently in the airport in Dallas on the way home from Mexico. We’ll be back tomorrow. Hope all is well with you guys!

  3. xiyan

    Hello Sarah,
    i am so happy that you replyed. You know i’ve written a email to you for a long time, but you haven’t answered it. So i thought you guys are not in Regensburg anymore. hehe :)

  4. stefan


  5. xiyan

    who is the “above” Stefan ?

    1. Sarah

      Hey, I e-mailed you a few days ago so we could continue talking off the blog. Do you still have your old e-mail address.

  6. stefan

    xiyan….wonderful girl!

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