beef stir-fry with water chestnuts

one note... my last post conveyed my intent to create two dishes and to post 2 new dishes. one part was accomplished in that i made two dishes, but the second part did not take place, due in full part to the total crash of my laptop 2 weeks ago. i lost all the pics of the dish which ended up being the best lasagna that i've made to date, so it just means that i'll have to make it again... hmmm...

anyways, here's a new one for y'all to dig into and my first real foray into the world of asian cuisine... specifically, chinese food. i figure if i'm going to order it up or eat at these various locations, i might as well give it a shot. and the attempt turned out quite magnificent.

corn starch
lemon juice
sriracha sauce
canola oil
curry powder
cumin powder
ground coriander
fennel seed
black peppercorns
mustard seed

1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
3 garlic cloves, minced
ginger, minced
4 green onions, chopped
6 asparagus stalks
2 tomatoes
green pepper
water chestnuts
baby corn
bean sprouts
snow peas
soy sauce
worcestershire sauce

- create beef marinade by adding 1.5 tbsp corn starch, 1.5 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp worcestershire, 2 tbsp of water 1 tbsp canola oil; mix until smooth, add in beef and marinate for 1 hour
- heat oil in large pan on high, add mustard seed, peppercorns, fennel, garlic and ginger
- when garlic is light brown, add in marinated beef and cook on medium heat
- when beef has reached desired color, removing beef with slotted spoon and set aside
- add green onion, green pepper, asparagus, water chesnuts, baby corn, bean sprouts and zucchini to same pan on medium heat and cover for a few minutes.
- add beef back and tomatoes, stir and cover on low heat
- create sauce to put over mixture by adding corn starch, soy sauce, water, ketchup, lemon juice, coriander, curry powder, cumin, sriracha and salt; add to pan, stir thoroughly
- boil brown rice in separate pan (or cheat and use a rice cooker like me)

serve mixture over brown rice with tsingtao in hand.

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