Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, uses oyster sauce and two types of ginger—fresh and pickled—in this light yet satisfying dish of juicy beef and crisp vegetables. She demonstrates the proper stir-frying technique in this video.
Special equipment: If you don’t have a wok, Young suggests a large frying pan as a substitute. Don’t use a nonstick pan, because the high heat may damage it.
What to buy: Oyster sauce is a thick brown sauce that is made from oysters. Quality varies between brands. Young likes the Lee Kum Kee brand. Vegetarian oyster sauce, made from mushrooms, can be substituted. Oyster sauce is available in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores.
Pickled ginger develops a pink hue as it ages, but some brands add artificial coloring, beet juice, sweeteners, or preservatives. We like the Ginger People brand for its natural ingredients and fresh taste. You can find pickled ginger in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores, or, for a wider selection, at Asian markets.
- 1Cut the flank steak with the grain into 2-inch-wide strips, then cut each strip against the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place the beef and the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to evenly coat the meat; set aside.
For the stir-fry:
- 1Place the oyster sauce and Shaoxing wine or sherry in a small bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
- 2Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes when dropped in the pan. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the oil around the perimeter of the wok and add the reserved beef in an even layer. Cook undisturbed until the beef begins to sear, about 1 minute. Then, using a metal spatula, stir-fry for 30 seconds until the beef is lightly browned but not cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
- 3Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil around the perimeter of the wok and add the sugar snaps and carrots. Stir-fry until just warmed through, about 1 minute. Return the beef and any accumulated juices to the wok along with the reserved oyster sauce mixture, green onions, and pickled ginger. Stir-fry until the beef is just cooked through and the pickled ginger is well distributed, about 30 to 60 seconds. Serve with steamed rice.