Mandarin Beef with Cilantro
Marinated first in a soy sauce mixture, thin strips of lean beef are quickly stir-fried with thin slices of cucumber, seasoned with the reserved marinade and fresh cilantro.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pound lean beef, cut into thin strips against the grain
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded*and cut into thin strips
1/2 cilantro bunch, stems discarded and leaves chopped
Hot cooked rice for accompaniment
- In a large bowl combine soy sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch. Stir well. Add beef strips and toss to coat. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
- Drain beef, reserving marinade.
- In a non-stick skillet or wok, heat oil over high heat. Add beef and stir-fry about 2 minutes. Add cucumbers. Mix well and cook another 2 minutes. Pour in reserved marinade; bring to a boil. Mix in cilantro.
- Serve over rice.
Makes 4 servings.
*Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrap out the center of seeds.