1 tbsp. (sunflower) oil
400g sirloin steak, all fat removed and sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
thumb-sized piece root ginger, shredded/grated
2 red chillies, shredded/grated
2 onions, sliced
400g broccoli, blanched and halved lengthways
4tbsp soy sauce
Heat 1tbsp (sunflower) oil in a pan or wok and stir-fry the beef for a couple of minutes.
Scoop out, then add the garlic, ginger, chillies and onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add back the beef with the broccoli, soy and 1 tsp sesame oil.
Cook for 2 minutes then serve.
Scholars think that wok (or pan) frying may have been used as early as the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.) for drying grain, not for cooking, but it was not until the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) that the wok reached its modern shape and allowed quick cooking in hot oil. Well into the 20th century, while restaurants and affluent families could afford the oil and fuel needed for stir fry, the most widely used cooking techniques remained boiling and steaming. Stir fry cooking came to predominate over the course of the century as more people could afford oil and fuel, and in the West spread beyond Chinese communities.
Stir frying and Chinese food have been recommended as both healthy and appealing for their skilful use of vegetables, meats, and fish which are moderate in their fat content and sauces which are not overly rich, provided calories are kept at a reasonable level.
The term "stir-fry" was introduced into the English language in Buwei Yang Chao's book How to Cook and Eat in Chinese (1945), to describe the chǎo technique.
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