When my boyfriend and I first started to date, we started off long distance (about 5 hours flight), and stayed that way for about a year until we both moved to the same city. I still remember how we celebrated our first valentine’s day.We had a stay-at-home dinner date over skype. Even though we couldn’t visit each other and spend the day together because of work, but we made it work. It was a sweet date, we were talking while eating dinner as if we were in the same room together. Luckily now we don’t have to deal with long distance anymore. But I understand how hard it can get sometimes. Today is valentine’s day, if you are currently in a long distance relationship and can’t spend this day with the one you love, my heart goes out to you. Hopefully, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel soon!
About this recipe:
This pan-fried marinated beef recipe is similar to the popular Korean dish – bulgogi (grilled marinated beef) or the classic Japanese recipe – gyudon (beef bowl) but much easier to make. Marinate the beef for 30 minutes and cook with a frying pan are basically it. It’s very simple!
When I lived by myself, I use to make this dish all the time. I would serve it over rice and put a fried egg on top to make it into a meal. You might be wondering what kind of beef did I use for this recipe. It’s thinly sliced beef ribeye. Easy to find in a Japanese grocery store’s meat section. Mine was from the Sunrise Mart on stuyvesant street, near St.Marks Place in New York City. It came as pre-sliced and prepackaged, and labeled as “beef for shabu-shabu” (shabu-shabu is a type of Japanese hot pot).
While the beef has been marinated for almost 30 minutes, I started cooking the onion. To cook the onion shreds from a quarter of an onion till they are softened and lightly browned, doesn’t take that long (too me about 5 minutes). But there is a few tips on how to sauté the onion I would like to share with you. 1) We need to make sure to heat the oil until is shimmering. 2) After adding the onions into the pan, stir first to coat them with the oil. 3) Spread the onions out evenly on the pan once coated with oil and let it cook, stir occasionally until reached the status we want.
On the beef’s side, after being marinated for 30 minutes but before cooking (I used the time while the onion is being cooked in the pan). I poured starch mixed with water and sesame oil over the beef. The starch and oil provided a light coating to the meat. It helps to lock in the moisture in the beef (who doesn’t like tender meat) and makes it easier to separate during cooking.
When I make this dish, I normally use a pair of chopsticks rather than a spatula to stir. It helps to separates the beef apart better. But remember to move and stir gently, because the beef has been cut very thin and breaks easily. (If you are using a non-stick pan, use only wood chopsticks and avoid metal chopsticks to help protect the pan).
In about 4 to 5 minutes, after the beef is no longer pink and cooked through, I sprinkled some sesame seeds and freshly chopped scallion on top and let it simmer for just another 30 seconds.
Not including the time needed for marination, the total cooking time is only 15 minutes! I hope you enjoy making this pan-fried marinated beef recipe. Thank you for stopping by!
- ½ pound thinly sliced beef
- ¼ onion, cut into shreds
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet cooking rice wine)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon potato starch
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 stalk scallion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
- In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, mirin, sugar and grated ginger, set aside.
- Put the thinly sliced beef into a medium ziploc bag and pour the sauce mixture over the beef in the bag, gently squeeze the bag to mix the sauce well with the beef.
- Seal and place the bag in the fridge, marinate for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan over low heat until shimmering, add in the onion and saute about 5 minutes or until soft and lightly browned.
- While the onion is being cooked, transfer the beef into a large mix bowl. Mix potato starch with water and pour the starch water and sesame oil over the beef, gently rub the beef to make sure it is well coated.
- Add the marinated beef into the pan on top of the sauteed onion first, then spread it out evenly over the pan with a pair of chopsticks and let cook for 4-5 minute until cooked though, stirring occasionally.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallion, continue cooking for 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a plate to serve with rice or vegetable.