Chinese New Year coincides with Valentine’s day tomorrow–this Asian Beef in Vodka Sauce would be an appropriate dish to usher in the New Year and fire up your Valentine!
A friend from China told me it is considered “Good Luck” to eat noodles, the noodles symbolize longevity. Be forewarned: Some consider it “Bad Luck” to break the noodles, thus shortening the life span, before boiling them!
Susanna Foo is one of my favorite Asian chefs and often adds vodka to her creations; dry sherry, stock or water could be substituted for the vodka in this recipe. Oyster sauce, with salty hints of garlic and sugar, adds a great deal of flavor and is an appreciated work-horse in many Asian recipes. To easily slice thin pieces of meat, I partially freeze the protein. I served the dish with (extra-long!) green tea soba noodles.
Tomorrow officially welcomes the “Year of the Tiger”. I’d suggest amping up the heat of this dish by adding additional chili sauce to entice a mighty roar from your Valentine! And remember, don’t break the noodles!
Disclaimer: This is not a recipe you can whip up in 30 minutes. This is a Polish Grandmother Recipe. And anyone who is a Polish Grandmother, or anyone who has a Polish Grandmother, or anyone (like me) who lives next door to a Polish Grandmother, knows that Polish Grandmother Recipes can’t be completed in less than thirty minutes. But … Full recipe post »
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