Beijing Beef
April 24th, 2014 15 Comments

Beijing Beef

Beijing Beef

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Beijing Beef Recipe

Serves 2-3 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


8 oz flank steak, sirloin or beef flap (cut against the grain into 1/4 inch slices)
2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium-sized yellow onion, sliced
1/2 medium-sized red bell pepper, diced
Cornstarch, to dust beef for deep-frying
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine (Sherry wine, Shaoxing, etc.)
Salt and sugar as per taste


1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
A dash of ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beijing Sauce:

4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
2 teaspoons sweet chili sauce
1-2 teaspoons crushed chili peppers
1 teaspoon chili oil, optional
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon black vinegar


Prepare the Marinade in a bowl and mix well. Marinate beef until the Marinade has soaked up beef, or set aside for 15 minutes.

In a seperate bowl, mix in all the Beijing Sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Place cornstarch in a bag/bowl. Toss marinated beef in cornstarch, coat well and set aside in the refrigerator.

Heat up enough oil over high heat. Coat beef slices with cornstarch again, making sure the beef slices are well coated. Shake off the excess cornstarch from beef slices. Prepare to deep-fry beef (in small batches). Drop in the beef slices and deep-fry for 1-2 minutes or until light golden brown. Dish out, drained on paper towel and set aside.

In a wok, heat up the oil over high heat. Stir-fry the onion and bell pepper until fragrant and slightly charred, put in the garlic and continue to stir-fry for 10 seconds. Remove from wok.

Heat up wok over medium-high heat, pour in the Beijing Sauce seasoning. Bring it to a simmer or until it thickens. You may adjust salt, soy sauce, water, etc. as per taste.

Toss in the deep-fried beef and stir-fried onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Stir well and add a dash of cooking wine and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute or until the beef is completely cooked and absorbed the sauce. Dish out and serve with hot steamed rice.

Cook’s Notes:

Beijing Beef was made famous by Panda Express restaurant chain across the United States. Some may claim that Beijing Beef shared similar taste to the infamous Peking Pork Chops, but minus the heat and Plum Sauce, but with the addition of a major ingredient, Hoisin Sauce. Beijing Sauce Seasoning also makes a great marination to BBQ meats, or can easily transform into an easy Asian BBQ sauce.

You can use chicken instead of beef.

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15 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Laura says:

    Could you use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch in this recipe?

  2. Jesse says:

    I’ve never had the Panda Express version but just made this and it came out great.

    • Jesse says:

      My beef wasn’t that crispy, how dry should it be when frying? Mine was quite wet still, so the corn starch was more of a sauce consistency than a dry coating.

  3. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Hi Jesse, if you really like it really crispy, just omit the eggs marinade and dust beef with cornstarch only. Deep-fry until crispy. Make the sauce and do a quick stir-fried beef with the sauce. If you still want to use to egg marinade, make sure u coat the beef slices with cornstarch and make sure its dry before you deep-fry them. You can freeze the beef prior to frying if you wish. Hope this helps!

  4. tiphanie says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good! I’ve never had the Panda Express version, but my son said it tasted a lot like it, except mine wasn’t as crispy. I had the same problem as Jesse, I think. Although I tried coating each piece in cornstarch, it was so time consuming because it was sticky. Awesome recipe, though…. Thank you! I love coming to your website for Asian recipes.

  5. Lennis Williams says:

    Is this recipe similar to Beijing beef at panda express,and is this recipe in your cookbook? I also really love General Tso’s chicken, is it in your cookbook? Thank you!!

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