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Beef with Spicy Black Bean Sauce

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Beef and noodles in black bean sauce
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Fermented black beans lend their own special taste and flavor to this recipe, while chile paste adds extra bite. Serves 3 to 4.


  • 3/4 pound beef
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • dash of pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • Other:
  • 1 tablespoon fermented black beans (Chinese dried black beans)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 green onion (spring onion, scallion)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 5 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed


Cut the beef into bite-sized chunks. Add the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last. Marinate beef for twenty minutes.
While marinating beef, prepare the sauce and vegetables. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, sugar, chicken broth and chile paste. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Set aside.

Rinse the black beans and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Use a cleaver or knife to chop finely. Mince the garlic and mash with the black beans.

String the celery and peel the carrots. Cut on the diagonal into thin slices. Cut the green onion into thirds.

Heat wok and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When oil is ready, add the green onion. Stir-fry briefly, then add the carrot and celery. Stir-fry until tender and crisp. Remove vegetables from the wok and set aside.

Reheat the wok and add 3 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the mashed garlic and black beans. Stir-fry until fragrant. Add the marinated beef. Stir-fry until there is no redness in the beef.

Add the sauce in the middle of the wok. Give the cornstarch/water mixture a quick stir and add in the middle of the wok. stirring quickly to thicken. When the sauce is boiling add the cooked vegetables. Mix well. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve hot.

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 5 out of 5
If you like black bean sauce, you'll love this, Member bohemianoz

This dish showcases a great combination of flavors and texture. The beef (I used top loin steak) came out tender and flavorful, the sauce was spicy, but not overpowering, and the veggies were crisp, balancing the saltiness of the beans perfectly. It is a simple dish with readily available ingredients, and very quick to prepare. Everyone loved it. There were no leftovers. Consider making a double batch if you have 4 hungry adults.

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