Springtime Beef Stir Fry
The seasons are a bit confused out in the Bay Area as our winter seems to be a bit late, as it has been blowing in a little too often. ¬†Our days have been brisk if not a tad wet, and the nights are darn right chilly. ¬†We should be enjoying bowls of comfort food, but the signs of Spring are also showing their smiling faces. ¬†A sign that Spring has sprung are the mounds of sweet green garlic piled high on the tables at the markets, along with tender stalks of asparagus. ¬†The two seem to go hand-in-hand, and really compliment flavorful strips of beef sirloin.
Once the weather begins to warm up, and the days become longer, I tend to look for quick and easy dinners. ¬†Stir-frys are easy, and a great way to incorporate tender spring veggies with flavorful meat proteins. ¬†One of my go-t0 cuts of meat to use when stir-frying is the sirloin. ¬†The sirloin is the cut of meat that lies between the short loin and the tougher round. ¬†I like to freeze the meat for about hour, before starting to cook, this helps when slicing the meat thinly. ¬†Sirloins can be a bit tough, if not cooked properly, I find that when I quickly stir-fry the meat, and season it properly the meat comes out very moist as well as flavorful.
This stir-fry recipe has been inspired by Korean BBQ. ¬†I love how Korean BBQ sauce coat the meat, and when cooked quickly, it almost caramelizes. ¬† I have changed the original recipe around, a lot, as I know add fresh ginger slices, and red pepper threads. ¬†Green garlic is cooked until golden brown and asparagus pieces are quickly cooked along side it, just long enough to grab some of the sweetness. ¬†The saltiness comes from the soy sauce, and the sweetness (the caramelized goodness) is from a little sugar that is added to the sauce. ¬†To make a complete meal, add big bowls of steamed rice.
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