Shaking Beef

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Makes 2 - 4 servings

A French-influenced dish, the name of this stir-fry comes from the motion in which you shake the beef in the pan. Try this flavorful dish with steamed rice.


  • 2 teaspoons regular soy sauce or tamari soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound sirloin beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 green onion, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch watercress, washed and trimmed


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Add beef; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add beef; cook until a brown crust forms on the edges, about 3 minutes. Remove beef and set aside.
  3. Add garlic, red onion and green onion and cook until fragrant. Add green and red bell peppers; stir-fry for 1 minute. Return beef.
  4. Add fish sauce, teriyaki sauce, water, rice vinegar and soy sauce; stir to evenly coat beef.
  5. Add rice wine and flambe beef. Add butter; mix until butter melts and is evenly distributed.
  6. To serve, arrange watercress on a platter and place the hot beef on top.