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Oriental Asparagus and Beef


1 tablespoon of Fermented black beans, (Chinese).
1 1/2 lb Asparagus, diagonally sliced. (In 1/2-inch pieces)
1 x Garlic clove.
1/4 cup of Oil.
2 cups of Boiling water.
1/2 cup of Chicken stock.
1/2 lb Flank steak, sliced thinly.
1/2 teaspoon of Sugar.
1 1/2 teaspoon of Salt.
1 tablespoon of Water.
1 tablespoon of Cornstarch.


Firstly soak the black beans in warm water a few minutes before draining and mashing them with garlic clove. Drop the asparagus into boiling water and continue to boil for 2 minutes, drain off water immediately. Next heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or skillet until very hot. Add the beef steak, stir quickly and remove from pan. Pour in the remaining oil to skillet and heat, then add the bean mixture which was made earlier and stir over high heat for a few seconds. Add salt and asparagus. Stir-fry for 1 minute then add the chicken stock, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Mix the cornstarch, sugar and water and stir into meat mixture until sauce is smooth and thick. Add the beef and blend quickly.