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Big Bowl Orange Peel Beef

Big Bowl Restaurant Recipe

3/4 pound flank steak, cut into 1 by 2 inch slices
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt

Orange Sauce:
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons scallion, julienne cut
3 tablespoons ginger,  julienne cut
8 slices red chile pepper, julienne cut
2 fresh water chestnuts, peeled and sliced
2 1/4 cups peanut oil
3 thin orange sliced, peeled and cut into quarters
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water

Rub the beef sliced with the dark soy sauce. Then mix the slices with the beaten egg, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Let sit for 10 minutes and, rubbing with your fingers, work the beef together with the flour mixture again. Repeat in another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the orange sauce. Combine the light soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.

In a bowl put the scallion, ginger, chile pepper and water chestnuts.

In a wok or skillet, heat 2 cups of the peanut oil to 375 degrees. Keep it at that temperature while you cook the sauce.

Heat a skillet or saucepan to hot and add the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut oil. When hot, add the scallion and ginger mixture. Cook, stirring rapidly, for about 15 seconds just to coat with oil.  Add the orange slices and cook another 10 seconds. Add the orange sauce and chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Recombine the cornstarch and water mixture and add to the sauce. Allow to boil, thicken, and clear, then turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, add the beef to the oil and fry until crispy. Remove to drain. Then immediately add the meat to the sauce you just made and toss briefly to coat. Serve with rice. Makes 2 servings.

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