Ching-He Huang's spiced beef stir-fry

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Spicy beef stir fry
Spicy beef stir fry
  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time:

    (may need an extra 5 mins)
  • Cooking time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Instead of rice, this more-ish beef stir-fry with chilli, cumin and wasabi mayo is served in warm tortilla wraps.


For the stir-fry

  • 400g/14oz fillet of beef
  • 2tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1tsp Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large handful of fresh coriander, leaves and stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped

For the wasabi mayonnaise

  • 1tsp wasabi paste (available from some supermarkets and Asian grocers)
  • 3tbsp mayonnaise
  • Pinch of caster sugar

For the spicy coating

  • 2tbsp freshly ground cumin
  • 2tbsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

To serve

  • Warm flour tortilla wraps

This is a very spicy dish so if you prefer a milder taste, simply halve the quantities of the coating. You can also serve this on steamed thin wheat flour pancakes, stuffed into warmed flatbreads or wheatflour tortilla wraps and topped with plenty of wasabi mayo.


  1. Prepare the beef fillet by flattening it with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Alternatively, cut it in half horizontally then cut into wafer-thin slices.
  2. For the wasabi mayonnaise, mix all of the wasabi mayonnaise ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. For the spicy coating, mix all of the coating ingredients together on a plate. Roll the beef slices in the spice mix, then shake off any excess.
  4. Heat a wok until smoking, add the groundnut oil, then add the beef and stir-fry for 1 min or until browned. Add the rice wine and season with the soy sauce and a pinch of salt. Remove from the heat and stir in the coriander and spring onion.
  5. To serve, wrap the spicy beef in the tortillas and top with the wasabi mayonnaise. Serve immediately.

This recipe is from Ching-He Huang's Chinese Food Made Easy, available from Amazon priced 8.49.

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I also like a little heat but even making this recipe with only 1 tbsp of dried chilli flakes I'd say is too much for your average Brit..... The Mrs and I did however eat it all of without any yoghurt so glad I was cautious and went with just the 1 spoon full :)


What a shame a wasted meal even with 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes ... Should've trusted my instinct! Seems to be an overriding issue with the recipes.


Cooked this last night and agree that the recipe contains far too much chilli. I love really hot food but my wife & I had to resort to dousing the meat in yoghurt to cool it down.


this was gorgeous. i only used as much spice as i thought i'd need for the beef, but made sure there was loads of chilli; great with the wasabi. once i saw this recipe when ching-he's programme was on, i had to go and make this the next day. recommended


Tasty but far too spicy! As Alice said it was unedible. If you're going to make this reduce the chilli and cumin quantities!


My 15yr old son made this for dinner tonight, its very straightforward but also rather hot!!


Too spicy! I tried this recipe last night and it was just was inedible! With two tablespoons of dried chillies and cumin it was the hottest thing I have ever attempted to eat - I was convinved there must have been a typo in the recipe so googled it today to find out. I like hot food but after three forkfuls it was just too much - my husband managed a 4th but then also gave up. It was unbelievable - I could actually taste blood in my mouth afterwards. That said, EVERYTHING else we've cooked has been fantastic - we'll just take her use of spices with a pinch of salt from now on (pardon the pun)

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