Garlic Hunan Beef

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Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular on menus in Chinese Restaurants.

Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular Chinese food dishes you'd order at your favorite authentic restaurant.Garlic Hunan Beef is one of the dishes I grew up ordering as a kid when we would go to get Chinese food at the amazing Chinese restaurant in town. You may recognize it as Panda Express, but at the time they had not yet launched the fast food arm of the company and they were still just Panda Inn.

Panda Inn (which still exists, it just isn’t nearly as good as it used to be) was one of the most popular restaurants in town next to Tony Roma’s (see my Tony Roma’s BBQ Chicken, Onion Loaf and Cole Slaw) and we used to wait hours to get a table. Ordering food was so much fun, the menu was so big, the dishes would be put on a lazy susan and when you finished your meal you’d get a fortune cookie dipped in white chocolate and wrapped in brightly colored foil. No two item plates here, each dish was a work of art.

Garlic Hunan Beef is spicy dish with dried Thai chilies, coarsely ground black pepper (please do not use normal black pepper you would otherwise have in a pepper shaker, it will completely ruin the dish and blow out your taste buds), ginger, garlic and Chinese wine.

This dish in addition to other Chinese food dishes like Spicy Tangerine Beef with Carrot Ribbons, Spicy Cashew Chicken, Orange Peel Chicken and all the Panda Express copycats all benefit from the use of a wok. I know you probably think you won’t get a lot of use from a wok, but once you buy it you’ll find yourself looking for more recipes just to use it! I find woks are amazing for quick, high temperature stir-fries. It also helps you make large quantities of food quickly since the depth and size of the pan allows for quick tossing. Moral of the story, woks are awesome.

Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular Chinese food dishes you'd order at your favorite authentic restaurant.

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Garlic Hunan Beef

  • Yield: 4
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular Chinese food dishes you'd order at your favorite authentic restaurant.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak , sliced thinly against the grain
  • 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger , minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Shaoxing wine
  • 2 de-stemmed and crushed dry Thai bird chiles
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • sesame seeds for garnish , optional

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

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  1. In a large ziploc bag add the steak, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, black pepper, wine, chiles, and cornstarch.
  2. Marinate for at least two hours, I recommend overnight.
  3. Heat your wok on high and add the canola oil.
  4. Remove the beef from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and add to the wok.
  5. Cook the beef for 30 second on each side until caramelized.
  6. Add in the reserved marinade and stir to combine until thickened, 15-30 seconds.
  7. Serve immediately with steamed broccoli and rice.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 , Amount per serving: calories

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Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular Chinese food dishes you'd order at your favorite authentic restaurant.

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Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular Chinese food dishes you'd order at your favorite authentic restaurant.
Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy stir fried beef with garlic, ginger and thai chilies, this dish is one of the most popular Chinese food dishes you'd order at your favorite authentic restaurant.

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        1. I’m not quite sure what Serling steak is but if it’s tender enough, you can definitely use it. Just make sure to cut against the grain. Enjoy!

  1. Oh, my, goodness. This looks BETTER than at the restaurant. Pinned this one to try later. Quick question – where do you find that wine? I’ve seen it in a few authentic Chinese recipes but haven’t looked for it or stumbled across it in stores.

    1. I find it at local Asian grocery stores. In a pinch I would use dry sherry or if you want something non alcoholic, I would suggest grape juice/vinegar in a 3:1 ratio 🙂

  2. That looks amazing. I love dishes like these. Anything with veggies and rice is what I love. Of course I love that it’s healthier too.

  3. I have always loved garlic Hunan beef. There is a restaurant here called Best China that makes a great version. It is out of the way though so I need to try making my own.

  4. I wouldn’t be able to choose between Tony Roma’s and Panda Inn. This recipe looks so much like the one at Panda Inn. Very cool.

    1. They were actually only a block apart back in the day, you could stand outside one and see the other. Both with giant lines coming out of them. 🙂

  5. This came out well although I made a few mistakes. I tripled the recipe because I had 3 lbs of frozen flank steak from Costco and didn’t want to re freeze any. I sliced it thin while it was semi frozen and marinated it. When I went to cook it, I put all of it in the wok. It would have been better cooked in batches. Also the meat hadn’t completely thawed so it made sort of a soupy sauce. I used snow peas because I didn’t have broccoli. Next time I will follow the recipe exactly, but my version was still very good.

    1. Oh yes, slicing when frozen is great but you want to be sure it thaws and isn’t wet when you marinade since that is a lot of extra water. Also cooking in one big batch steamed the meat instead of searing it. Glad you still enjoyed it though!

  6. I have the meat marinating but, I’m using flat iron steak…it’s very similar recipe to ginger beef. I’m going use white onions instead…dry heat..no oil…then ginger green beans on the side.