Try out this Chinese-style steak. It’s quicker than you might think to make and satisfyingly full of flavour
- 4 x 175g (6oz) sirloin steaks
- 30ml (2tbsp) light soy sauce
- 30ml (2tbsp) Chinese cooking wine
- 5ml (1tsp) Chinese five spice powder
- 15ml (1tbsp) muscovado sugar
- 15ml (1tbsp) ground black pepper
- 90ml (6tbsp) groundnut oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 450g (1lb) mixed mushrooms such as button, closed cup, chestnut and large flat mushrooms, sliced
- Dash of light soy sauce
- Watercress leaves, to garnish
In a non-metallic bowl large enough to fit all the steaks in a single layer, combine the light soy sauce, cooking wine, Chinese five spice powder, sugar, black pepper and 1tbsp of the ground nut oil. Add the steaks and turn until coated in the marinade. Leave for 30 mins (overnight is best, but even 10 mins is fine).
Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat and add 2tbsp groundnut oil. Lift the steaks from the marinade, add to the pan and fry for 6-8 mins turning once until browned on the outside but rare in the centre. Cook for longer if you prefer well done steak. Add the marinade for the final 1 minute of the cooking time. Transfer to a warm plate and keep warm.
A few minutes before the steak is ready, heat a non stick frying pan and add 2tbsp of oil, and fry the eggs until cooked to your liking. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
Finally, wipe out the wok, add the remaining ground nut oil and when hot add the garlic and mixed mushrooms. Stir-fry for 2-3 mins, add the soy sauce and remove from the heat.
To serve: place a steak in the centre of 4 warm plates, top with a fried egg, some of the mushrooms and finally garnish with a handful of watercress leaves. Serve immediately.
Top tip for making Chinese-style pepper steak
Beef is one of the best source is easily absorbed iron. Iron is needed to keep the blood healthy and prevent iron-deficiency anaemia. Mushrooms also supply iron, which is more readily absorbed than most other vegetable sources. Beef is also an excellent source of protein needed for the growth and repair of cells, as well as zinc needed for a healthy immune system.