Stir-fried Beef With Cumin

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Stir-fried Beef With Cumin

Alternative names 孜然炒牛肉
Pinyin Zi Ran Niu Rou
Type Stir fry
Course Main course
Place of origin China
Region or state N\A
Other Preparation time: Around 10 minutes

Cooking time:<15 minutes


Stir-fried beef with cumin is a really appetizing dish that should be catagoried into Northweastern China cuisine. Now this dish has been spread to all around the country, and each places have their local flavour added into this dish, but generally this dish tends to taste salty and a little spicy.

Cumin has been introduced to China for over a thousand years. It was first used by Weiwuer national in Xingjiang Province, latter became a very important spice in Chinese cooking history. Unlike the westerns using it with fish, Chinese people often use cumin in meat cooking.

This is a dish that can arouse your appetite simply by its palatable looking and it is very suitable to go with rice. It is easy and quick to cook as well, so don't hesitate if you want to try this dish.



Beef 0.5 lb
Green pepper 1 stalk
Red pepper 1 stalk
Onion Half a stalk
Ginger 5 slices
Cooking Wine (or wine) 1 large spoon
Oyster sauce 1 teaspoon
Sesame oil 1teaspoon


Step 1

In a bowl, mix the wine, salt, soy sauces, starch and one tablespoon water. Cut the beef across the grain into thin slices and add to marinade.

Step 2

In a wok, heat oil to about 275 degrees. Add beef and stir gently for two to three minutes, then remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain well.

Step 3

Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of oil in wok. Over a high flame, add the ginger, garlic, fresh chilies, chili flakes and cumin and stir-fry briefly, until they are fragrant. Return beef to the wok and stir well, seasoning with salt to taste.

Step 4

When beef is sizzling and fragrant, add scallion greens and toss briefly. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.