Panda Express Shanghai Angus Steak is a quick stir fry dish made with thinly sliced steak, mushrooms, onions and green beans in a savory sesame sweet soy sauce.
Panda Express Shanghai Angus Steak is a more recent addition to the menu than most of the recipes on the blog. It was introduced a few years ago to add a bit of variety to the beef options on the menu which were limited to Beef and Broccoli and Beijing Beef. Much like Beef and Broccoli, this dish is a healthier option than the Orange Chicken’s kid sister Beijing Beef option on the menu.
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There are a few things to keep in mind when cooking Chinese stir fries like this Panda Express Shanghai Angus Steak.
The most important things to keep your beef tender are to cook on a high temperature for the shortest period of time possible. The high temperatures allow for a quick sear on the outside while allowing the rest of the beef to stay pink, and tender throughout.
Don’t ever crowd the pan. Think of the beef as though you’re standing in line at the checkout counter. Do you touch right up against the person in front of you in line? Nope…or at least I hope not! 😉 With the beef you want the same thing. You need to allow the steam to escape the pan in between the pieces of beef. So if the pieces are so close that they are touching, they aren’t going to brown as well and you may end up with grayish tough cuts of meat.
Keep EVERYTHING on hand ready to be thrown into the pan at a moments notice. Because you’re working on high heat here you don’t have the luxury of slicing the mushrooms while the pan is already hot. Everything has to be prepped ahead because even if you think you’ll have time, you won’t and your vegetables or your meat will overcook. Keep in mind, your mushrooms will take a bit longer than your green beans, you’re looking for a little bit of browning on the mushrooms whereas you don’t need the same for your green beans, you want to keep those crisp.
Tools Used in the Making of this Post:
Wok: High heat and plenty of surface area to cook quickly
Chinese Rice Wine
Kecap Manis: A sweet soy sauce that adds a great dimension of flavor
- 16 ounces sirloin steak , cut into 1 inch long bites that are ½ inch thick
- 12 ounces fresh green beans , trimmed
- 1/2 medium white onion , sliced into 1 inch wedges
- 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/2 cup Chinese Rice Wine
- 4 teaspoons Kecap Manis
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Add the sliced beef to a bowl with one tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
- Heat the wok on high, add the sesame oil and let it get hot until the oil ripples a bit.
- Add the garlic and onions, stir constantly for a minute.
- Add the mushrooms and let it brown for a couple of minutes until it browns before stirring.
- Remove the vegetables from the pan and add the steak.
- Let the steak sear for 3 minutes on each side.
- Add the green beans, Chinese Rice Wine, Kecap Manis and Worcestershire sauce, then stir.
- Add back in the garlic and onions and let the mixture cook for 2-3 minutes for the green beans to cook and for the sauce to thicken.
- Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
What is Kcap Manis & what can I use for a substitute?
You can substitute with soy sauce.
Made this before and making it again tonight, very very good, I like it better than Panda’s Express.
Thanks, Mouche! I appreciate the 5 stars!
What would be the best rice to pair with this dish ?
I would pair this with Panda Express Fried Rice. Here’s a link to my copycat recipe https://dinnerthendessert.com/panda-express-fried-rice/
I cooked it for me and my wife the other day. It came out great! Thank You for sharing the recipe!
Thanks for dropping by to let me know! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it!
In my area Chicago il area asparagus is the green ingredient not green bean.
Yeah I noticed that on their site too, but our local ones always served it with green beans! I bet it tastes better with asparagus.
Omg YUM! I just made it it is a bit on the sweeter side but fantastic!
Wonderful! Thanks for coming back to let me know how much you enjoyed it!
I had to get so many alternatives since I couldn’t find the exact sauce. For kecap manis I used the maggie sauce and for the rice wine I used rice vinegar. I don’t know if that’s the why, but mone came out too sweet. Nothing like the panda taste. So sad…
Where were you looking for the ingredients? Do you have a local Asian grocer? The flavors are unique to those sauces so with the substitutions it will definitely change the flavor. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out as you were hoping.
Instead of Rice Wine, I use Cooking Sherry. The Chinese Take Out Cook Book recommended it as a substitute and it has worked well for me.
I love your tip about cooking the meat on high heat for a short time…this must be where I go wrong. Thank you!
I love copycat recipes! This would be a perfect weeknight dinner!
What a great copycat recipe and I love the cooking tips too.
Wow! This looks delicious! Loving all the mushrooms in this too. 🙂
Oh yum, this looks amazing! I love this copycat recipe and can’t wait to try it!
I love your recipes, but there seems to be something wrong with the instructions.
Asparagus is mentioned in the instructions, but not listed in the ingredients. Also, the instructions say, “Finally, add the sauce mixture.” What is in the sauce mixture?
Your recipe sounds so delicious, and I hope to make it this weekend.
I’m sorry, I don’t see where asparagus is mentioned. Also, the sauce is the kecap manis and worcestershire sauce mixture – I clarified the instructions a bit so they are easier to understand. Thanks!
The Panda Express here in Pensacola, FL makes this with Asparagus tips, not green beans. That’s probably why it said asparagus in the instructions.
Oh, your recipes always look amazing! I just told my hubs we need to make this for dinner tonight! Yum!
Oooh, this is right up my alley! I love your tips for stir-frying, thanks for sharing!
What a great copycat recipe! Thanks for the cooking tips too about not overcrowding the beef in the pan- so helpful.