Fresh asparagus (can be substituted with French beans)
A) Shaoxing wine
A) Sesame oil
A) Rice vinegar
B) Oyster sauce
A bit less than 1 tablespoon
B) Soy sauce
・Shaoxing wine or sake
・Salt and pepper
Cut the asparagus into 3 cm lengths, and soak in water for about 5 minutes. Or you can microwave it. Slice the beef into 2 cm widths.
Marinade the beef in Step 1 for about 10 minutes with the (A) seasonings.
Sauté the asparagus in a heated frying pan with sesame oil.
You want to keep some crunchiness of the asparagus, so avoid overcooking. Add 1 tablespoonful of Shaoxing wine and a pinch of salt.
Take out the asparagus on a plate and set it aside.
Sauté the beef in sesame oil. When the beef changes colour, return the asparagus into the pan. Add the (B) seasoning ingredients, salt and pepper to taste.
I always use Shaoxing wine when I make Chinese dishes.
Story Behind this Recipe
Stir-fried with oyster sauce and Shaoxing wine taste, everything easily becomes Chinese style cooking. When the main dish is meat, we try to have plenty of vegetables. Normally, I make this dish with french beans, but I used asparagus as I was given lots of it.
Don't over-cook the asparagus to keep the crisp texture. You could also use beef offcuts.