In my first A Taste of Cần Thơ blog, I mentioned having to make two dishes for my Mom’s death anniversary (đám giỗ): Bitter Melon Soup and Beef Veggie Stir Fry.
Though the beef dish is not the most popular item on the menu (especially next to egg rolls, roasted pork, and caramelized pork belly), it’s still pretty tasty and fairly easy to make. Plus, it was one of my Mom’s four must-have dishes at any đám giỗ, so gotta have it.
This recipe serves 8-12 people. I was able to fill up two 9×13 Pyrex Baking Dishes for the gathering. If you don’t want leftovers for days, I recommend cutting this recipe in half. Here’s what you’ll need:
2 lbs of beef (sliced thin)
1 head of cauliflower
2 to 3 heads of broccoli
1 onion (diced)
6 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tbs of olive oil (add more if needed to coat the wok)
1/2 cup of Lee Kum Kee Panda Oyster Sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
Maggi Soy Sauce (for taste)
1) Marinate the beef with the oyster sauce, salt, pepper and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Then let it sit in the fridge while you prep the veggies.
2) Wash and cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets. Peel the carrots, and cut them into thin slices at an angle. Dice your onions and mince your garlic.
3) In a large wok, turn the heat on high and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic so that the flavor gets infused into the oil. This should not take long at all, so don’t let the garlic burn to a crisp! Add the meat and a half of diced onions. This will prevent the garlic from burning. Rotate the ingredients with a wooden spatula until everything is fully cooked.
4) Remove the beef from the wok, but leave its juices, so the vegetables can soak up the flavor. Add the carrots and the last of the diced onions. Let the carrots cook to al dente, then remove it from the heat.
5) Add the broccoli and cauliflower florets. Cook those al-dente as well.
6) And now the fun part! Turn the heat down to medium low, and mix all the cooked ingredients together. Douse it with some oyster sauce and gently stir it up.
Add soy sauce for taste (and salt if needed). Top with fresh cracked pepper, and voilà!
I love you, Mommy.