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Beijing Beef

Panda Express Beijing Beef
Copycat Recipe

Serves  4

1 lb flank steak, sliced into thin strips

6 tablespoons cornstarch, for dusting
oil, for frying

1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cornstarch

4 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crush chili pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 medium white onion, sliced

Cut beef into thin strips. In a bowl of sealable bag combine all marinade ingredients and mix well. Add beef slices and marinate for 15 minutes. While beef in marinating mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate. When the beef is done marinating coat the beef slices with 6 tablespoons of cornstarch. Remove any access cornstarch and deep fry (either in a deep fryer or wok) beef slices in batches until floating or golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Add a couple tablespoons of oil to the wok and add minced garlic and stir fry for 10 seconds. Add red and green bell peppers and onions and stir fry for 2 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside. Pour sauce into the wok and heat until boiling. In a serving dish add beef and vegetables and coat with the sauce.


  1. Made it this evening. Turned out great.

  2. I made this today - Excellent. I ended up adding more cornstarch. I fried the beef slices in the wok with about an inch of oil. I used chuck steak. It took about 2 min per batch. All worked well.
    Although it takes a little work with the frying the meat first - it very worth it. The amount of sauce was perfect.

  3. Delicious. I will double the amount of sauce next time though. Tasted almost dead on!

  4. OMG this was AWESOME! What an amazing dish! I doubled the sauce which made it much better and less dry. The taste was fantastic. Perfect recipe. This will be an absolute favourite in our house. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  5. What kind of vinegar do you use - white or apple cider? thank you