Qi Wen’s Dish: Minced Beef Stir-fried with Fresh Mushrooms

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Minced beef (Australian beef) is readily available in many butchers and supermarkets. You should be able to find a 500 gram pack of beef mince at your local Aldi supermarket for $5.50 or less.

As I have mentioned previously, I will only ever use Aussie beef. Beef from China could be poisonous, or fake, while beef products from the US may also be problematic, as most US beef cattle are implanted with synthetic hormones in feedlots, prior to slaughter. Let’s hope that Aussie farmers don’t learn from the US anytime soon, on how to use hormones to “grow” beef cattle more quickly!

This is a very easy-to-cook dish: Minced beef stir-fried with fresh mushrooms.

Ingredients:

Meat portion of the dish:

300 grams Australian beef mince
1/2 teaspoon rock salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
some grated fresh orange peel
half an onion, chopped in small pieces
Cold-pressed Aussie olive oil

Mushroom portion of the dish:

1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
200-300 grams large button mushrooms, quartered, or cut into slices if preferred
1/2 cup cooking white wine
2 tablespoons Korean or Japanese soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley or coriander

Directions:

Step 1 – Meat Portion

Heat 3 to 4 teaspoons of olive oil in an iron pan on medium heat. Put in half a cup of chopped shallots, and the chopped garlic if you choose to use it. Wait for about 10 seconds, add the chopped onion pieces and fry for another 20 seconds. Add all the beef mince to the pan, bring up to high heat, and fry the mix for about 2 minutes. Now, add some cooking wine and grated fresh orange peel. Stir the mix well, adding some more wine if the mixture becomes too dry. Continue to fry the mix for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the pepper, salt and soy sauce, and stir for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Take off heat, and set the meat dish aside for later.

Step 2 – Mushroom Portion

Heat the pan with 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Put in the chopped shallots. Wait for half a minute or so, then add all the mushrooms and bring the heat up to high. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes, adding filtered water if the mushroom pieces start becoming dry. Add the black pepper and soy sauce, stir well and fry for another 2 minutes.

Combine with the previously cooked minced beef, and continue to fry the mixture for another 2 minutes.

Set the completed dish to a serving plate and top with parsley or coriander. Serve with Jasmine rice or brown rice.

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