Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak

Pepper steak is a stir-fried Chinese American dish consisting of sliced beef steak cooked with sliced bell peppers, bamboo shoots and other seasonings such as soy sauce and ginger, and usually thickened with cornstarch. Sliced onions and bean sprouts are also frequent additions to the recipe.

We’re huge fans of homemade beef and broccoli, but no matter how hard they try, some people can’t seem to convert to the church of broccoli. This is the broccoli-free version of your favorite stir-fry and has quickly become one of our favorits. We like  to use both red and green peppers (because they make the dish so dang pretty!), but you can swap in whatever colors you like best. Serve with rice and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner on the table in no time.

Tried making this awesome dish? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

 

YIELDS:

4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME:

0 HOURS 15 MINS

TOTAL TIME:

0 HOURS 30 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

 
1/4 c. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
4 tsp. packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
green bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. freshly minced ginger

Cooked white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

 

1. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add flank steak, season with salt, and cook until cooked through and seared on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove steak to a plate.

2. Add 1 tablespoon remaining oil and red and green bell peppers to the skillet. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook stirring until fragrant. Return the beef to the skillet and pour over prepared sauce. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is glossy about 2 minutes more. 

3. Serve with rice.


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Tendon – Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl

Tendon – Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl

 

Rice Bowls have gotten very popular and come in endless types.  But I’ve loved rice bowls long before they became all the rage.  If you’re not familiar with rice bowls they’re basically a bowl of rice topped with pretty much anything you want.  My favorite ones are Japanese Donburis.

Donburi is a rice bowl dish served in a bowl which in Japan are also called “donburi”.  There are many different types of Donburi but the most popular ones are Tempura Donburi or better known as Tendon if it’s made with shrimp, Chicken or Pork Katsu Donburi also called Katsudon.  You’ll also find Tempura Donburi with fish and vegetable tempuras, Teriyaki, and other types of popular Japanese dishes. Another basic ingredient of most Donburi dishes is egg meaning veggies and other ingredients are scrambled with eggs and a donburi sauce which is then placed on a bed of rice and topped with a desired tempura, katsu, or a preferred protein including teriyaki beef or chicken.

My long time favorite is Tendon or Shrimp Tempura Donburi.  I’ve been enjoying this rice bowl since I first discovered it while I was in high school.  I also like the Katsudon!

I’ve always been able to get my Tendon from most Japanese restaurants in my area, and since I live in Hawaii my neighborhood grocery store.  But when the pandemic locked us down for a month I decided to try and make it at home, after all it’s just shrimp tempura, eggs, Kamaboko (fish cake) and veggies over a bed of rice.  How hard could that be?

Making Tendon is actually pretty easy but it does require making Shrimp Tempura.  Since I must make the tempura batter for the shrimp I also make vegetable tempura with zucchini, green beans, and pretty much what I have on hand.

Another important part of this or any Donburi is the sauce.  The sauce is made with Mirin (a Japanese rice wine used for cooking), soy sauce, dashi (fish stock) and sugar.  This give the dish it’s sweet salty taste that make it delicious!  You can find all the ingredients at an Asian market.  The Dashi usually is in powder form like boullion so you’ll have to mix it as directed to get the liquid stock.

Of course the “star” of this dish is the Shrimp Tempura.  You can either use a tempura mix also found at the Asian market, or you can make your own batter.  Either way the most important things to remember to make perfect tempura batter is to use ice cold water and to not over stir the batter, it needs to have some lumps in it.  In fact the best way to stir this batter is with chopsticks, so leave your whisk or electric mixers out of it.

So here’s the recipe for both Shrimp Tempura (it’s the same batter for fish or vegetable tempura) and the Donburi itself.  This recipe makes 2 bowls.

Tendon

Ingredients for the Tempura

1 Cup Flour, shifted

1 Egg

1 Cup water

Ice cubes for chilling water

4 Large Shrimp – shelled and deveined but leave the tail on, pat dry with paper towel

Cut vegetables – zucchini, green beans, etc. (optional)

1/8 Cup flour

Oil for frying

Ingredients for Sauce:

6 Tbs. Mirin

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

3 Tbs. Liquid Dashi – mix Dashi powder as directed on the box

2 Tbs. Sugar

Ingredients for Donburi:

2 Eggs, beaten

1/2 Onion, sliced

1/2 Cup Shitake Mushrooms (optional)

1/2 Kamaboko, cut into thin strips (optional)

1/3 Cup Green Onions, chopped (optional)

1 Tbs. Oil

Donburi Sauce

2 Cups Cooked White Rice

Seaweed flakes (optional)

Directions to make Tempura:

Place about 2″ of oil in a pot and start to heat while you prepare the batter.

Place shifted flower in a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl slightly beat egg – beat until yolk and white is just combined.

Add ice to water until the water is chilled.

Remove ice and pour water in the bowl with the beaten egg.

Mix gently together.

Stir in flour, do not over mix there should be lumps in the batter.  Use right away, if for some reason you can’t use it immediately place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you’re ready to fry.

Place 1/8 cup of flour in a dish.

Test the oil temperature by dropping a small bit of batter in oil, if oil bubbles around the batter the oil is ready.

Roll shrimp or vegetable in the dish of flour, shake off excess.

Dip in batter, let excess batter drip off before adding into hot oil.

Place battered shrimp and veggies in hot oil to fry.  Do not over crowd the pot, cook in batches if you have to.

Turn as needed to cook all sides. Tempura is done when the shrimp or vegetable starts to float.

Drain on rack and set aside.

Directions for the sauce:

Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside until needed.

Directions for the Donburi:

Heat oil in a skillet.

Saute onions in skillet until it starts to go limp and clear

Add in Kamoboko, mushrooms, and green onions (reserve some as garnish if desired)

Cook about 3-4 minutes.

Add in Donburi Sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

Pour beaten egg over all and cook until egg is done.

Place 1 Cup of rice in each bowl.

Cute the Egg mixture in half and place a half over each bowl of rice.

Top with Shrimp and Vegetable (if you made some) Tempura and garnish with green onions and seaweed flakes

Serve hot!

 

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Ingredients
Shrimp & Veggie Tempura
Sauce
Donburi
Servings: Bowls
Instructions
Tempura
  1. Place shifted flower in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl slightly beat egg - beat until yolk and white is just combined.
  3. Add ice to water until the water is chilled.
  4. Remove ice and pour water in the bowl with the beaten egg. Mix gently together.
  5. Stir in flour, do not over mix there should be lumps in the batter.  Use right away, if for some reason you can't use it immediately place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you're ready to fry.
  6. Place 1/8 cup of flour in a dish.
  7. Test the oil temperature by dropping a small bit of batter in oil, if oil bubbles around the batter the oil is ready.
  8. Roll shrimp or vegetable in the dish of flour, shake off excess.
  9. Dip in batter, let excess batter drip off before adding into hot oil. Place battered shrimp and veggies in hot oil to fry.  Do not over crowd the pot, cook in batches if you have to.
  10. Turn as needed to cook all sides. Tempura is done when the shrimp or vegetable starts to float. Drain on rack and set aside.
Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together and set aside until needed
Donburi
  1. Heat oil in a skillet.
  2. Saute onions in skillet until it starts to go limp and clear
  3. Add in Kamoboko, mushrooms, and green onions (reserve some as garnish if desired) Cook about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add in Donburi Sauce and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Pour beaten egg over all and cook until egg is done.
  6. Divide cooked egg mixture in half and place one half on top of each bowl of rice.
  7. Place 2 Shrimp Tempura & pieces of veggie tempura (if you made some) on top of egg.
  8. Garnish with green onions and seafood flakes if desired.
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Easy Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice

I’m a Filipina who grew up in NYC and now lives in Hawaii.  Growing up rice was always part of the breakfast menu, actually it was part of every meal.  This my have been considered weird back in the 60’s in NYC, but when my family moved to Hawaii in the late 70’s we fit right in.

Growing up we always had an electric rice cooker filled with rice in the kitchen.  Left over or day old rice was fried with garlic for breakfast the next morning, we called it “Sinangag”.  These days Filipino restaurants call it “Garlic Fried Rice”.  Whatever you call it Filipino fried rice is delicious with fried eggs and breakfast meats, preferably Filipino cured meats like Tocino or Tapa.

My grandmothers would make fried rice every morning adding their own twist.  Traditionally I think it was made by stir frying left over rice with garlic.  My family added soy sauce and green onions to this mix, so that’s pretty much how we make it today.

In Hawaii which is a melting pot of different cultures the Filipino garlic fried rice has melded with other Asian versions of fried rice.  On the islands an order of Fried Rice is a meal by itself covering most of the basic food groups; dairy, grains, meats, and veggies, depending on what you put in it.

I look at making fried rice like I do making Lumpia or Eggrolls; you toss in whatever you find in the fridge and call it a day.  I simply build ingredients around day old rice (using fresh rice isn’t recommended as it can get too mushy).  Fried Rice can be as simple as stir frying garlic and rice or as elaborate as tossing in seafood, meat, and vegetables, like what you’d find on a Chinese Restaurant menu.

If I’m serving it as a side dish then the simpler version usually works best, but if I intend for it to be a complete meal then of course I add more “stuff” in it.  So today I’ll share my “recipe” for easy fried rice.  Measurements really aren’t that important because it pretty much depends on how much day old rice you have.  If you do decide to make it using fresh cooked rice then decrease the water when cooking so that the rice is drier and not mushy; it helps to make fresh rice in the morning and letting it “dry” a bit before making fried rice for lunch or dinner.

Easy Fried Rice

Ingredients:

Cooked White Rice – preferably day old rice

1-2 Tsp. Minced Garlic – adjust to taste

1/4  Cup Soy Sauce – adjust to taste and the amount of rice you have

Scrambled Egg chopped into pieces

Meat – I use canned Spam or Portuguese Sausage but you can use any type of breakfast meat you want like bacon or sausage – cooked and diced

2-4 Stalks Green Onions Chopped

1/2 Cup Frozen Green Peas (Optional)

2 Tbl. Oil

Directions:

Cook and dice your Egg and Meat – set aside.

Heat Oil in Wok or Frying Pan

Stir in garlic and cook about 45 seconds.  Don’t let it burn – lower heat if you have to.

Add cooked rice and mix well with garlic.  Break up any large clumps of rice.

Drizzle soy sauce over rice and stir in making sure it is evenly distributed.  Add more a little at a time if needed.  Don’t over do the soy sauce as your fried rice will be too salty.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix in to the rice evenly.

Garnish with extra green onions if desired.  Serve hot.

 

 

 

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