This beef stir-fry recipe is loaded with plenty of vegetables--red bell pepper, bok choy and baby corn. But the secret to its great flavor is all in the sauce. Here, Shao Hsing rice wine and pungent oyster sauce give this simple beef-and-vegetable dish its amazing (and effortless) flavor. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 1997

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  • Combine oyster sauce, water, rice wine (or sherry) and soy sauce in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Combine 1/3 cup scallions, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper in another small bowl.

  • Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 1 teaspoon oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the scallion mixture and sirloin; stir-fry until only a trace of pink remains in the meat, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the wok and add the remaining scallion mixture. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and bok choy stems and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add bok choy greens and stir-fry until the vegetables begin to wilt, about 1 minute more.

  • Add corn and the reserved oyster sauce mixture; stir until the sauce simmers, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved sirloin and toss until heated through, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining 2 tablespoons scallions.


Tips: Oyster sauce is a richly flavored Chinese condiment made from oysters and brine. Vegetarian oyster sauces substitute mushrooms for the oysters. Both can be found in large supermarkets or at Asian specialty markets.

Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine. It is available at most Asian specialty markets and in the Asian section of some larger supermarkets. If unavailable, dry sherry is the best substitute.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

225 calories; total fat 7.6g 12% DV; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 44mg 15% DV; sodium 851mg 34% DV; potassium 798mg 22% DV; carbohydrates 17.7g 6% DV; fiber 3.4g 14% DV; sugar 5g; protein 20.6g 41% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 5659IU; vitamin c 102mg; folate 87mcg; calcium 114mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 47mg; thiaminmg.

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Very nice week-night recipe I made this the other day with ingredients exactly as stated except I couldn't find baby corn - so just used canned corn. I hope I can use the rice wine again as I ended up wit a big bottle! The stir fry turned out beautifully but the sauce could use more zing somehow. I'm not sure what to add to give it that extra kick. Perhaps more chilli or some other asian spice? Lime maybe? I served it with rice noodles. Made for a very nice and easy mid-week meal. No fuss but not spectacular. Pros: Easy nutricious delicious Read More