Stir-Fried Beef with Five Spice, Hoisin Sauce & Vegetables Recipe

2 tsps grated ginger *
1 clove of garlic, peeled & grated
300g beef, sliced
1/2 tsp + a pinch salt **
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp five spice powder
freshly milled black pepper
Cooking oil
300g asparagus, trimmed & sliced diagonally
150 sugar snaps, trimmed
2 tbsps hoisin sauce
5 tbsps water ***
Soy sauce to taste
Toasted sesame seeds as garnish *optional*
Marination time: 20 minutes

* 1 tsp to marinate the beef; 1 tsp to be added in the stir-fry

** 1/2 tsp to marinate the beef; a pinch to add into the stir-fry

*** 3 tbsps to be added with the hoisin sauce; 2 tbsps to cook the vegetables


Marinate the beef: Combine 1 tsp grated ginger, grated garlic, beef, 1/2 tsp salt, sesame oil, five spice powder and black pepper in a bowl. Mix well and set aside for the beef to marinate for at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the asparagus and sugar snaps; also mix the hoisin sauce with 3 tbsps water.

Stir-fry: Add cooking oil to a large stir fry pan and brown the beef over high heat until 80-90% cooked. Set aside on a plate. In the same pan, add the remaining grated ginger and saute until aromatic over medium heat. Add asparagus, sugar snap and 2 tbsps of water with a pinch of salt. Saute until the vegetables are slightly softened and turned into vibrant green. Return the beef to the pan including the juices, and then add the hoisin sauce and water mixture. Mix well. Check for taste and add soy sauce to taste. Cook until the sauce is heated through. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds if using. Serve immediately with rice.