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      RECIPE TITLE "Stir-Fried Beef With Tomato and Basil" recipe from Everyday Chinese Cooking

    yields Serves 2 time--- difficulty easy

    This recipe has a unique flavor and goes well served over fresh rice or noodles.


    • 10 ounces beef tenderloin
    • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
    • 5 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Dash white pepper
    • 1 small white onion
    • 2 medium tomatoes
    • 1/2 ounce (about 12 leaves) fresh basil
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce


    Trim the fat from the beefsteak and cut the beef lengthwise into 2-inch strips. Cut the strips crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. In a medium bowl, toss the beef with 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, the salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Cut theonion into 1-inch squares. Cut the tomatoes into 8 wedges. Wash the basil and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water and set aside.

    Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the remaining 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, the beef, garlic, and onion and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until the meat browns. Continue stirring for about 2 minutes over high heat. Stir in the hoisin sauce and cornstarch mixture. As the mixture begins to thicken, after about 1 minute, add the tomatoes and basil; stir for 1 minute.

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